Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In addition to the novels listed above, Carlo Emilio Gadda (GAHD-dah) published several collections of short stories: La Madonna dei filosofi (1931; Our Lady of the philosophers); Il castello di Udine (1934; the castle of Udine), awarded the Premio Bagutta; L’Adalgisa: Disegni milanesi (1944; tales from Milan); and Novelle dal ducato in fiamme (1953; stories from the duchy in flames), awarded the Premio Viareggio. Gadda’s most important nonfiction writings are I viaggi la morte (1958; travels and death), a collection of literary essays, and the antifascist pamphlet Eros e Priapo (1967; Eros and Priapus). His war and prison diary, Giornale di guerra e di prigionia, first appeared in 1955 and in its definitive form in 1965.

Gadda also published many topical articles, essays on public works, architectural engineering, a description of a surgical oration, and even a recipe for cooking risotto, all collected in Le meraviglie d’Italia (1939, 1964; the marvels of Italy); a book of fables and aphorisms, Il primo libro delle favole (1952; the first book of fables); two comic texts for radio broadcast; a small volume of historical caricatures, dedicated to the memories of Louis XIII, XIV, and XV of France (I Luigi di Francia, 1964); and a satiric dialogue titled Il guerriero, l’amazzone, lo spirito della poesia nel verso immortale del Foscolo (1967; the warrior, the amazon, and the spirit of poetry in the immortal verses of Ugo Foscolo).

Posthumous publications include Gadda’s early philosophical notebooks, Meditazione milanese (1974; Milanese meditations) and Le bizze del capitano in congedo, e altri racconti (1981; the extravagances of a captain on leave, and other stories), and the fragments of an early novel titled Racconto italiano di ignoto del novecento (1983; an anonymous twentieth century Italian story). Gadda is also the author of numerous uncollected technical articles that appeared during the 1930’s in the dailies Ambrosiano and La gazzetta del popolo.