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Storie - April 2004

  • Issue Number: Numbers 52/53
  • Published Date: April 2004

I don’t know spank about Italian, but I know a giant when I see one. And Storie is one such behemoth. Looming bilingual in Italian and English, it explores political narrative through the mediums of plays, short stories, reviews, rants, interviews, notable reports, and other unclassified forms. Commentaries by the writers also give tremendous behind-the-scenes footage. Internationals like Ariel Dorfman, author of works such as “Death and the Maiden” as well as Michael Hogan (writing about Joseph Brodsky), Mary Caponegro, E.L. Freifeld, Domingo Notaro, Frederico Leva, and Enrico Munari settle their girth across the pages. Most of the pieces focus on the understated, the underdog, the ironic, and the unknown. Dorfman’s play “The Prey,” is a thriller that digs into the history of history using characters like Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, Balzac, and Michel Leiris. “The Prey” opens teasingly with Picasso painting as his lover claims “The day Picasso died, that’s what I remembered.” [Storie, Via Suor Celestina Donati 13/E, 00167 Rome, ITALY. E-mail: . Single issue $10.] – PFP

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Review Posted on June 30, 2004

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