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Book Title: The Keeper Of Ruins And Other Inventions|
The author of the book: Gesualdo Bufalino
Date of issue: 1994
ISBN 13: 9780002713351
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.11 MB
Edition: Harvill Press
Read full description of the books The Keeper Of Ruins And Other Inventions:The title is absolutely right in calling these short stories inventions, because that is exactly what they are. The stories are all short at 2 or 3 pages and they are a wonderful read.
In Being an Angel, a man finds himself slowly being transformed into an angel complete with growing wings and fiery footprints. The problems start when he suddenly finds himself "seized by a pornographic tic, and out pops some vulgar epithet, if not downright obscenity."
Eurydice's Homecoming is a tale we are all familiar with. Eurydice goes to the realm of Pluto and Orpheus, because he loves her so, defies Death to try and bring her back. Of course we all know that the condition for her returning was that he never turn around until they passed the boundaries of the land of the Dead. And we all know that he does turn around at the last minute. Here Eurydice finally comes to understand and accept why he turns around.
Trouser-peg's Revenge tells the tale of Vincenzo, a "ugly, weedy, penniless fellow who had married the superbly curvaceous Aida." Vincenzo is the postman and since he uses a bicycle he pegs the legs of his trousers in order to avoid them getting caught in the chains. Now Aida starts using the mail to communicate with her lover the local policeman. Vincenzo of course carries the letters up and down unknowingly until one day he trips and falls into a mud puddle with his sack of mail.
It's been 150 nights since the rains first started in After the Flood. Noah is sitting in his tiny lookout room watching the waves and the leaden sky. Finally the rains stop. The doves goes and comes with an olive branch. He opens the ark and lets the animals all out. And what happens? A hawk kills the dove. His sons fight. A wolf howls after a lamb and a viper sinks his fangs into a heel.
In The Visions of Basil the land has been hit by a plaque of woodworms. All the books possible have been gathered sealed in bags and placed in a monastery on Mt Athos. Basil has been placed in charge of the books. He eats and sleeps with them, never leaving them. Slowly he starts reading them and gets drawn into their worlds. However, finally the woodworms find their way here too. And now Basil needs to choose. Should he save the books or accept their destruction as inevitable? And what about the price of saving the books?
In the Sleuth we have the tale of a private eye. " By now I can no longer doubt it: I am following someone who is following someone. But someone is following me. Not even bothering to hide. And search me who it could be."
In London Nightpiece we meet Jack the Ripper and spend some time looking at his memories. " Memorable Sundays. But among them one most vivid, vermillion in memory, paling all the rest and striking anguish to his heart: that morning when he came running and threw wide the half closed kitchen door and beheld his mother, naked, dripping, terrible to behold, rising from the bathtub.
"Call it coincidence, call it vocation," says The Keeper of Ruins, "but I've done next to nothing all my life but watch over things dead or dying." First it was an ammunition dump, emptied and disused for years. Then it was a graveyard and a lighthouse. Finally it's a scrapyard.
In The Joyous Adventures of the Punished Child, "They locked him in the lumber room for some trifling misdeed. The first thing he does is bolt the door himself, from the inside. He has no intention of running the risk of some last-minute forgiveness, some unwished-for amnesty. Let them - the others - stay outside in disgrace, excluded from his life, his prisoners without knowing it."
Read information about the authorGesualdo Bufalino (Comiso, Italy, November 15, 1920 - June 14, 1996), was an Italian writer. Born in Comiso (Sicily), he studied literature and was, for most of his life a high-school professor in his hometown. The time spent in an hospital for tuberculosis immediately after World War II provided the material for the novel Diceria dell'untore (The Plague Sower), that, begun in 1950, would be published only in 1981, when, at the age of 61, his friend and celebrated writer Leonardo Sciascia discovered his talents. In 1988, the novel Le menzogne della notte (Night's Lies) won the Strega Prize. In 1990 he won the Nino Martoglio International Book Award. In his native town the Biblioteca di Bufalino ("Bufalino's Library") is now named after him.
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