Trilussa: Cento Favole

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Trilussa
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1995
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This is a beautiful little paperback found in a break in the Renard Society's Congress in Turin. I have enjoyed Trilussa's fables before. A new favorite is quoted on the back cover, but appears and is illustrated on 159: a turtle happens to flip onto its back. Someone is urging it to get up, but the turtle resists, saying that for the first time he is seeing the stars. For me, the particular pleasure of this volume lies in Wohlgemuth's (woodcut, I suppose) illustrations for each of the fables. These seem without close inspection to be like old woodcuts. Look closer, and they contain elements of cartoons and of the bizarre. I think the style is very apt for Trilussa's political and satirical fables. Let me mention three favorite illustrations that give an impression of Wohlgemuth's strength and range: Er Leone Riconoscente (3); La Libbertà (6); and the cover picture of the horse towing the automobile (70). This would be a great book to have along sometime when I am learning more Italian!
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Oscar Mondadori
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