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Subjects covered include the horror and surreality of life in a modern city, the existential aspects of advanced technology, metaphysical ideas as well as fantasy realms. Jul 12, Alexei rated it it was amazing. Sadly not very well-known outside of his native Italy, Dino Buzzati stands out as one of the best and most subtle, delicate, profound and inventive storytellers of the recent times. While most of us, who aren't Italians, heard something about Buzzati only because of his novel 'The Tartar Steppe' which served as an inspiration for the classical Valerio Zurlini film and was famously included by Borges in his 'Private Library', Buzzati was a master of intellectual short story fiction comparable to Sadly not very well-known outside of his native Italy, Dino Buzzati stands out as one of the best and most subtle, delicate, profound and inventive storytellers of the recent times.
While most of us, who aren't Italians, heard something about Buzzati only because of his novel 'The Tartar Steppe' which served as an inspiration for the classical Valerio Zurlini film and was famously included by Borges in his 'Private Library', Buzzati was a master of intellectual short story fiction comparable to Borges himself. Stylistically, it draws from Kafka and aforementioned Borges with a pinch of Poe's disturbing uneasiness thrown in for a good measure, but still 'Sessanta Racconti' is a very original reading.
These stories are diverse and often surrealistically weird but they have something in common. Buzzati always strives to explore the deepest and the most hidden strata of human psyche and in order to do this he puts his heroes into bizarre, weird and sometimes grotesque experiences for the sake of revealing their true human essence.
This method has very much in common with typically existentialist 'put a hero into borderline state and see his real self' way, which was inherited by the early continental tradition of 'magical realism' Nossack, Kasack , the tradition to which Buzzati himself probably belongs.
While most of these novels share common traits of often morbid and hostile to a hero mystery, ultimate challenge to human society and limitations of shallow 'everyday' mentality, most of them can be roughly divided into three categories.
While most massive on pure numerical quantities category is the Kafka-esque one with some Poe- and at times even Lovecraft-like sense of horror which is eerie, tragic and disturbing in its atmosphere and devoted to the themes of dying, betrayal, inner suffering, man-made catastrophes, stubborn desire for something unreachable, feebleness and hypocrisy of modern man and other 'joyful' topics, there are at least two more distinct 'groups' of novels which are either much less macabre or not macabre at all.
First 'gorup' consists of the stories about art, which was a theme very important for Buzzati who was an ardent art lover himself. These stories are rarely about glorious achievements and once-in-a-generation geniuses at least, these geniuses aren't the main heroes of Buzzati's stories as they mostly tell something about 'middle-of-the-road' art, about artists who may or may not built a decent creative career but who never tasted something resembling a true fame.
These novels examine relationship between the art and its creator, the motives for creative process and, most importantly, the suffocating grip of society's stereotypes on what is fashionable or 'highly promising' in the sphere of art. Buzzati looks like an old-fashioned adherent of the 'classical art' which meant something and which didn't need shock value or incoherent 'creative gibberish' to hide its shallow and contrived nature like overwhelming majority of XXth century 'avantgarde' did.
Buzzati isn't for 'nice and posh' pseudo-art of middle XIXth century salons but he points out that you can't resort from containing some sense and profound meaning just because you're innovative and doing something never done before. In short, most probably, Buzzati disliked tasteless Chagalls and Warhols of this era but his ideal was as far from Ingres and Watteau as it was from this pretentious pseudo-avantgarde schlock. Things like El Greco's vision, Beethoven's sense of tragedy and Bach's profoundness is what makes art one of the most inspiring area of human activity but for the last century these things get shun upon in the endless search of shocking novelty.
Ok, let's not digress. Yes, it is truth that Buzzati continuously mocks in a subtle and intelligent way these pseudo-innovative but ultimately shallow attempts of being up-to-time see brilliant story 56 'Art Critic' for the example of it but he is much more concerned with the relationship between artist and the art. It must not be an office clerk-like careerism but something much more akin to sacrificing yourself to the entity, much more valuable than all your everyday life conditions and conventional customs, something which gives your life its ultimate meaning and purpose.
The best of these art-themed stories is 'Night Battle on the Venice Bienhalle' with its cordial intonation and aforementioned topics explored with a great depth and tactfulness. The last thematic 'constituent' is the one which touches topics such as existence of God, sanctity, forgiveness and sin, callousness and mercy. These novels often but not exclusively centered around religious figures and are written in an extremely sincere and unaffected even seemingly naive tone as often storyteller is much more simple and ingenuous than in the bulk of other short stories from this collection.
Yet despite this 'naivety', novels of this type are among the most profound and wise in this book as they deal with the ultimate questions of our existence in a very deep, thoughtful and intelligent manner. There is a kindness and heartfelt benevolence in these stories which serves as a great contrast to often dark and uncanny atmosphere of many other novels here.
Best stories of this canon are marvelously sincere and naive in its way of storytelling 'Saints' 55th , 'Christmas Fairytale' 18th and 'Hermit's Dog' 20th about the village of hardened sinners forced to do only good deeds by These three stories, imho, take their place in the 'top 5 stories-to-read' from this collection alongside with the sad tale of love, loneliness and hopeless longing 'Lone Call' 19th and seriously disturbing 'How The Dragon Was Killed' with its main theme being needless hostility of man towards fellow creatures and the nature itself.
Buzzati is a great stylist and his text-building abilities are really astonishing but what makes this collection of short stories really outstanding is that behind all the brilliant twists and turns in plot, extravagant conceptions, intellectual intensity and stylistical mastery we feel that Buzzati had to say something very important about us, human kind, fundamental limitations of our imperfect nature and the fact that despite all 'the evil that men do' there is something in us because of which human race isn't an utter failure.
I think that Buzzati is one of the most underestimated writers of the XXth century and 'Sessanta Racconti' is nothing short of majestic, so I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is interested in intellectually demanding literature which is not degraded into unwarranted and lifeless 'intellectual play'. I don't know if there is an English-language translation of 'Sessanta Racconti' as I've read it in Russian but if you can get a chance of reading Buzzati's short stories, don't waste it.
View all 6 comments. It's a pity Dino Buzzati has been so little translated, as he is for sure one of the most important writer from Italy of the XX century. His fairy, fabolous style is unmistakable, and makes magic everything he touches.
Sixty tales are many, very many they are very short, thought , of course some of them are less valuable than others. But overall, this is one of the best book I have read since long.
Jul 18, Jeane rated it liked it Shelves: italian. Had a couple of good short stories. Aug 10, Aurora rated it it was amazing. Life-changing book. Mar 09, L rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-gave-opinion-on , short-stories. Like you're reading those old,horror inducing cautionary tales, but with a metaphysical zest. As you read more and more it gets obvious that Kafka influenced Buzzati's writing.
Oct 06, Marthatcummings rated it it was amazing. I am completely in love with this Italian author, Dina Buzzati, and this collection of short stories is second to none. Oct 27, Francesco rated it really liked it. May 30, Ahmad rated it it was amazing. Its Dino Buzzati, you should read all the stories they are like poem. Really great book ; is a relax reading. Very good book, loved it.
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It was He turned his head in the other direction and saw that the shutters, in obedience to some mysterious command, were closing slowly, blocking the passage of light.
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Sessanta Racconti by Dino Buzzati
Sessanta racconti "sixty stories" is a short story collection by the Italian writer Dino Buzzati. The first 36 stories had been published previously, while the rest were new. Subjects covered include the horror and surreality of life in a modern city, the existential aspects of advanced technology, metaphysical ideas as well as fantasy realms. The book received the Strega Prize. Sessanta racconti was published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in It contains stories from the three previous collections The Seven Messengers , The Scala Scare and The Collapse of the Baliverna , as well as previously unpublished stories.