Thursday, January 4, 2024

Short Story- Melancholy

I picked the book, The penguin book of Italian Short Stories from residence library. Flipping pages, I began to read the story translated by Jhumpa Lahiri. I like Jhumpa Lahiri's writing for the themes - longing and love for a language. 

Melancholy is a story written by Goffredo Parise, extracted from the collection- Silabari. It's a story of a girl, Shilvia, grand daughter of a clergy man and lives under the supervision of nun for a while and feels like crying now and then. At the end of the holiday, she's described as melancholic. Puzzled by the word, she asks her grandfather about it. 'The passage of time causes melancholy' he replies and the story ends. 

Well written short stories set the tone, environment really quick and leave space for a lot of imagination. Loved reading this short story over breakfast. 

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