Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 The International Symposium on the Short Story, Part Four |

Italy

From the Italian.  One would like to think that the short story will never die in Italy, since it appears to be a form of expression particularly suited to the people's tastes, talents, and needs. Its Italian name, to begin with, is not storia, storiella, or racconto---that is to say something futile, contrived, invented, or dreamed---but novella. Novella means news, tidings, the authentic account of recent, unusual, entertaining events---something fresh which it is also worth one's while paying attention to because it contains useful information about life's booby traps and the infinite resources men use to discover and defeat them. It is an answer to the eternal question: "Che c'è di nuovo?" or "What have you learned lately that I don't yet know but should?" The old novellieri seldom made up their stories. They picked them up in the market place, recorded some of their own or their friends' adventures, and stole them from each other, just as freely as foreign playwrights bor

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