Love in Vain: Selected Stories


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.36 X 0.49 X 7.96 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author

The author of Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father, and the editor of The Literary Review, Minna Proctor won the PEN/Renato Poggioli Award for her translation of Federigo Tozzi's Love in Vain.
Federigo Tozzi (Siena, 1883 - Roma, 1920), scrittore per lungo tempo misconosciuto, è stato rivalutato solo molti anni dopo la sua scomparsa ed è ormai considerato uno dei più importanti narratori italiani del Novecento, oggetto di un'attenzione critica sempre crescente.


Federigo Tozzi's beautiful, strange love stories hover at the abyss, where reason meets unreason and loses. Tozzi must be the poet of abjection, a poet of the unconscious. His perplexing tales reflect on self-conscious characters caught in love's, and their own, absurdly needy net. They comment, too, on the moment when ideas were changing, sensibilities shifting, and his characters move, resistant and confused, from the Victorian into the modern. Translator Minna Proctor has done a wonderful job of realizing these startling stories in English and bringing them to us for the first time.--Lynne Tillman, author of "No Lease on Life"
Ardent, impetuous, crackling with nerve-energies, Federigo Tozzi insists on his uniqueness. Minna Proctor has brought this full-throttle sensibility into English without a flinch or a fidget.--Sven Birkerts, author of "Readings"