Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

While Tommaso Landolfi wrote mainly short stories and short works called novelle, he also published some long fiction. Examples include La pietra lunare (1937; the moonstone) and Un amore del nostro tempo (1965; a love story of our time). He wrote for the theater: Landolfo VI di Benevento (1958; Landolph VI) and Faust ’67 (1969). He published two highly regarded volumes of poetry: Viola di morte (1972; the violet shade of death) and Il tradimento (1977; betrayal). In Italy, he also enjoyed a reputation as an observant literary critic and a witty and ironic essayist. A selection of critical essays are gathered in Gogol a Roma (1971; Gogol in Rome), while Del meno (1978; this and that) is a collection of columns which Landolfi published over the years on the “terza pagina” (the literary page) of the Corriere della Sera. To this steady and voluminous activity must be added the writer’s numerous translations from French, German, and Russian literature.