TheFLR issue 3 Sacred/Sacro

ITALIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: read contemporary Italian authors in English.
TheFLR The Florentine Literary Review is a new magazine from The Florentine is the Italy’s only bilingual literary review featuring six original short stories and two poems penned by contemporary Italian authors, lovingly translated into English and illustrated by an emerging artist.




Sacro / Sacred
Is anything SACRED any more? This is one of the questions that Italy’s contemporary writers address through poetry and prose in the third edition of TheFLR. The Florentine Literary Review.
Take a walk into a SACRED wood of meanings and meanderings between life and death, which have little to do with the dictionary definition of religion—things don’t go so well for the men and women of the cloth in this magazine—and much to do with spiritual bonds and a sense of belonging. This is an edition embellished with jumble, often nocturnal vegetation, “polluted scenes”, but it also shines brightly with exploding stars and constellations. Meet sisters and brothers in a violent maternal nightmare, Artificial Intelligence which deprograms unexpectedly as if in theological fiction, a gardener God who’s in love, a tour guide irritated by an impertinent posh lady, a Reverend from the south who roams a horrifying scene, and two colleagues who discuss “Newspeaks” at lunch, after the earth has moved.


  • MEACCI We Will for Free / La persona accanto
  • PARIANI  The Night of the Old One / La sera dei Grandi Antichi
  • ZARDI The New Language/ La nuova lingua
  • PONSO Iconostasis / Iconostasi
  • LAMARQUE Lovers’name / I nomi degli amanti
  • DI MONOPOLI In the Beginning was the Beast / In principio era la bestia
  • GIAQUINTO The party is over / Le mie telefonate erano brevi
  • D’ISA Ecstasi 2.0 / Estasi 2.0


Authors: Francesco D’Isa, Licia Giaquinta, Vivian Lamarque, Giordano Meacci, Omar di Monopoli, Laura Pariani, Andrea Ponso and Paolo Zardi
Directed by Alessandro Raveggi
Illustrations by Giada Fuccelli
Translations Johanna Bishop


Martino Baldi, Luca Baldoni, Diego Bertelli, Raoul Bruni, Silvia Costantino, Helen Farrell, Giuseppe Girimonti Greco, Daniele Pasquini, Vanni Santoni, Niccolò Scaffai, Cristina Verrienti


Issue 3 was released on March 2018 thanks to the support of Gonzaga University in Florence and ISI Florence – International Studies Institute.

Additional information

Weight 180 g
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 1 cm

Digital PDF, Paper copy