“The author so calmly and transparently understates, his touch is so gentle, that for quite a while you don’t realize you are being led by the hand through mighty strange places, along those twisty byways that on a map would make the heart seem such a maze.” New York Times Book Review (review of Arturo Vivante’s short-story collection The French Girls of Killini )
Solitude and Other Stories represents Arturo Vivante’s quest to use writing to uncover hidden truths. These twenty-four short storiesset in Italy, New England, and Canadaexplore various themes, including, as the title story says, solitude. Vivante begins the narrative with a self-oblivious solitude that will become loneliness. Day after day, night after night, Vivante’s narrator becomes aware of his isolation, and he decides to seek the company of others. Companionship, therefore, becomes another theme developed in these stories.
Although not explicitly autobiographical, many of these stories do have an autobiographical tone. Vivante writes about things that may have happened in his life. His stories often stem from the observation of a bright or meaningful moment, and always center on exploring the ideas and emotions of his characters.
Written with clarity, simplicity, and sincerity, Solitude and Other Stories is a lovely collection from an accomplished author.
“Arturo Vivante’s stories glow with a special radiance. Solitude is a fine collection.” — Elizabeth Spencer
“No one can touch Vivante for his affectionate mix of lively story and both serious and funny sensuality. When the author himself likes life and people and nature this much, the world’s big joys and little joys spring up in any reader. There isn’t a dud in the lot, and several of this collection are extraordinary. Vivante is just plain more affectionate toward the world than most story tellers. The book is incandescent all through.” —*Carol Bly*, author of My Lord Bag of Rice
“In Solitude and Other Stories, Vivante muses on the essential loneliness of our human existence and our yearning for connection. He describes with delicacy and passion those precious moments when we reach out to another person, or, in some cases, to another creature of nature, and there is a vivid response. Vivante is a master of capturing the essence of a moment. Vivante’s stories shine with intensity and passion; they tell the stories of the human heart in prose that is lyrical and luminous.” — Los Angeles Times
Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters/Katherine Anne Porter Award for 2006The 2006 award, an honor bestowed biennially to a writer of prose, has been awarded to Arturo Vivante. The Press is very proud to be among Mr. Vivante’s publishers.Winner of the 2004 Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction