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The Experience of Pain

'The seething cauldron of life, the infinite stratification of reality, the inextricable tangle of knowledge are what Gadda wants to depict' Italo Calvino At the height of Fascist rule in Italy and following the death of his mother, Carlo ...

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Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies: A-J

Translation As That Awful Mess on Via Merulana, translated by William Weaver,
New York: George Braziller, 1966. Further Reading Alessandri, Luca, "L'autore
nel Pasticciaccio" Lingua e Stile, 31:1(March 1996): 79-99. Bignamini, Mauro, "
Un ...

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies: A-J


Acquainted with Grief

"Acquainted with Grief, written between 1938 and 1941, begins as a charade (what is the significance of the strange mock-Spanish dictatorship that serves as the story's locale: Mussolini's Italy in harmless disguise?).

Acquainted with Grief


Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Gadda began writing his novel That Awful Mess on Via Merulana at the peak of
the Fascist demagoguery , when Italy had made its disastrous entry into World
War II . The catastrophic events of those years caused Gadda to shift his narrative
 ...

Critical Survey of Long Fiction


Dialogue, Mess and Entropy

( William Weaver in the forward to his English translation , That Awful Mess on
Via Merulana , ( 1965 ) p.xv ) It is curious that in a city as beautiful as Rome
Gadda would choose this " unromantic " setting for his novel . Perhaps he
chooses Via ...

Dialogue, Mess and Entropy