translated by Estelle Gilson
Winner of the Premio Strega, Italy's most prestigious literary award, The Faithful Lover is a sumptuously imagined short story collection by renowned writer Massimo Bontempelli. From a young boy's memorable encounter with a pair of ghostly lovers, to an elderly woman's unsettling final bequest, these powerful stories illuminate Bontempelli's belief that the wonders of the world can be found all around us, dwelling within the realm of the everyday. The final masterpiece of one of the twentieth century's most innovative writers, The Faithful Lover is now available to English-speaking audiences for the first time.
About the Author:
Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) graduated in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Turin. He worked as a journalist, teacher, and musicologist, and served as an artillery officer during the First World War. In 1926 he founded the controversial literary journal 900, whose editorial committee included James Joyce, Max Jacob and Rainer Maria Rilke. One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of the twentieth century, and considered by many to be the father of "magic realism," Bontempelli was the author of over sixty volumes of poetry, drama, fiction, and theoretical writing.