TheFLR The Florentine Literary Review is a new magazine from The Florentine featuring six engaging and entertaining short stories, plus two collectible poems. Tales and verses by Italian authors will be published for the first time alongside the finest English translations. A further layer of interpretation will be provided by the illustrations commissioned for each issue from a contemporary artist.
Issue 4 details
Paesaggio / Landscape
When discussing a landscape, it’s not necessarily required that we contemplate (or, least of all, appreciate) someplace entirely separate from us; introspective perspective is as much a part of a landscape as dazzling views themselves are. In our case, the particular landscape we’re concerned with is Italy, which further complicates matters: for Italians, landscapes mean both patrimony and fragility, an inheritance to be cared for as well as a looming threat of environmental and historical disfigurement.
The landscape therefore becomes emblematic of the dream of being freed from the tower – or, better put, the necessity of living in it in a different kind of way. It’s perhaps for this reason that a shared idea emerges from these texts: one of knocking down the narrow restrictions we place on personal and cultural identity, of re-arranging them, of using them to make a utopian (or dystopian), ruddy, terrible, giant room with ephemeral walls
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
GIUSI MARCHETTA Arturo / Arturo⁺
GIAMPAOLO SIMI The Beach House / La casa delle vacanze
RUSKA JORJOLIANI Pitch Dark / Nel fitto buio °
AZZURRA D’AGOSTINO Fractures / Fratture
ANDREA INGLESE The Big Room / Lo stanzone
CARMEN PELLEGRINO What is left / Ciò che resta⁺
SIMONA BALDANZI Processing / Accettazione
FRANCESCO TARGHETTA Tiziano among all the banners / Tiziano tra le bandiere
Translations by Johanna Bishop, Frederika Randall°, Jamie Richards⁺
Illustrations by Franz Lang
Issue 4 will be released on October 2018 thanks to the support of:
Comune di San Gimignano
FAI – Casa e Torre Campatelli, San Gimignano
Gonzaga University in Florence
ISI Florence – International Studies Institute
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