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...

Giorgio Olivari – Do you remember?

Do you remember the interview day at the bank? Yes, when we met the director in the management offices, up at the last floor....

Fitz-James O’Brien – A Soldier’s Letter

A Soldier’s Letter January 20, 1862 With the head of a drum for my desk, I sit on a southern slope, While the sunlight streaks the apples...

George Moore – Alms-Giving

As I searched for a penny it began to rain. The blind man opened a parcel and I saw that it contained a small...

Silvia Accorrà – Pomerania

As we climb towards the north, towards the Alps, feeling our way along the Grenoble road to get to Lyon and then up again,...

Fiorella Malchiodi – The Chest of Drawers

I look at the ancient chest of drawers and wonder if the latest events may be linked to the arrival of this object in...

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