James Baldwin – The Blind Men and the Elephant

There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side every day, and begged from the people who passed. They had often heard...

Joseph Conrad – The Lagoon

The white man, leaning with both arms over the roof of the little house in the stern of the boat, said to the steersman-- "We...

Gertrude Stein – Every Afternoon: a Dialogue

I get up. So do you get up. We are pleased with each other. Why are you. Because we are hopeful. Have you any reason to be. We have reason...

Silvio Lazzaroni – Alina

My name is Alina and I am Romanian: I know that people look at me even when I buy groceries at the supermarket. I...

Flora Pezzotti – A Meeting (dialogue)

“Excuse me, madam, may I sit here?” “Please sit down.” “Do you love this opera too?” “I love in particular all operas.” “I've never seen you here.” “I only...

H.G. Wells – The Flowering of the Strange Orchid

The buying of orchids always has in it a certain speculative flavour. You have before you the brown shrivelled lump of tissue, and for...

Giorgio Olivari – Nenad

Grandma went to town yesterday and never came back. What happened? I don’t know. Alma tells me not to worry. She says: “Don’t be scared,...

Anna Ettore – Libya

When the war in Libya broke out, we started working again. Sea arrivals on Lampedusa island and on the southern Italian shores had picked up...

Saki – The Open Window

"My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel," said a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen; "in the meantime you must try and put...

Italo Bonera – Vertigo

Evening aperitif. It is the moment that I usually spend with my friends at Commercio coffee bar, lingering in front of a spritz and appetizers...

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Antonia Buizza – Friends

“What time is it?” “A quarter to nine already”. “What shall we do? Shall we order?” “I would say yes. I think we have waited too long...