Boasting a veritable menagerie of characters, including dancing instructors, pies, and talking parrots, and written in the Franco-Italian story-telling tradition, ‘The Three Fat Men’, unquestionably the greatest Soviet children’s parable, is considered the absolute endorsement of the Communist regime.
This collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland – a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal.
Masterly stories include “Little Hut,” “With Other Eyes,” “A Voice,” “Citrons from Sicily,” “A Character’s Tragedy,” six more. Presented in the original Italian with English translations on the facing pages.