Short fiction – ep. 3

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Third post (the first one is here, the second here) where I speak about some short but beautiful books.

  • Letter from an unknown woman by Stefan Zweig
  • Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Letter from an unknown woman by Stefan Zweig

Una lunga lettera a celebrare un amore mai nato, o almeno nato solo per Lei, la Sconosciuta. Una lettera in cui la mittente ripercorre la sua vita sempre costellata dall’amore per lui, che mai l’ha notata abbastanza da ricordarsene; un amore struggente durato tutta una vita.
E’ un racconto breve ma emotivamente molto intenso.

Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

A short but extremely powerful epistolary novel. Two friends, Max and Martin, exchange letters between America and Germany where they respectively live; Max, a Jew, is a Californian art trader while Martin has come back to his homeland to be close to his family; the political events (the story is set during the ’30) will be able to change a friendship as well as the destiny of the World.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 

Beatrix Potter created various extraordinary children stories.
This story has a clear moral intent: good children in the end are praised for their obedience, while the bad ones does not obtain any advantage from their beahaviour (nevertheless this rule is clearly not true in the Italian case).
A part from the moral issue, that can be approved or not, there are the illustration made by Beatrix Potter herself.
The drawings are very beautiful; personally I like a lot when the author draws the pictures for his own book since these illustration improve the book itself providing another point of view.

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* Letter from an unknown woman by Stefan Zweig ★★★½
* Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor ★★★★
** The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

*I read this book in Italian
**I read this book in English

 

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