Reading Europe: Italian Snapshots

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A Red Rose20160821

A Red Rose20160821

A tale that gives an insight into a situation subverting the Italian cliche of romanticism with the Italian cliche of being a bit of a chancer in terms of business.

The author Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italy's foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea, and the remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy.

Written by Stefano Benni

Translated by Alta Price

Read by James Laurenson

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Journey in Red Shoes20160807

Journey in Red Shoes20160807

By Simona Vinci. A mother and her three daughters make a life-changing journey.

Journey in Red Shoes20160807

Three snapshots of Italian life written in the past 15 years. The first story - Journey in Red Shoes by Simona Vinci - has a dark and troubling undercurrent as a single mother and her three daughters travel back to her family in Bologna. The youngest girl has been crying without cease for days and her two half sisters are struggling to deal with it. So too is their mother who cannot fathom why her four year old is so full of inarticulate despair.

Simona Vinci was born in 1970 in Milan. She studied and now lives in Bologna and, early in her career, was part of a group of young writers who published the online magazine, Incubatoio 16. She is one of the authors most commonly associated with the Giovani Cannibali (Young Cannibals) movement.

Simona Vinci's collection of short stories - In Every Sense Like Love - translated by Minna Proctor, recalls early Ian McEwan (Rachel Cusk , Raily Telegraph).

Written by Simona Vinci

Translated by Minna Proctor

Read by Carly Bawden and Lia Williams

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Maternal Pride20160814

Maternal Pride20160814

Three snapshots of Italian life written in the past 15 years. In the second story - Maternal Pride by Matteo B. Bianchi - it's summer and a group of young Italian men are getting ready to attend a parade in Padua. An elderly lady is also making plans although her motivation is unclear.

Written by Matteo B. Bianchi

Translated by Liesl Schillinger and Jill Waters

Read by Mathew Baynton

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.