TheFLR The Florentine Literary Review is a new magazine from The Florentine featuring engaging and entertaining short stories, plus two collectible poems. Tales and verses by Italian authors will be published for the first time alongside the finest English translations. A further layer of interpretation will be provided by the illustrations commissioned for each issue from a contemporary artist.
Issue 4 details
Paesaggio / Landscape
When discussing a landscape, it’s not necessarily required that we contemplate (or, least of all, appreciate) someplace entirely separate from us; introspective perspective is as much a part of a landscape as dazzling views themselves are. In our case, the particular landscape we’re concerned with is Italy, which further complicates matters: for Italians, landscapes mean both patrimony and fragility, an inheritance to be cared for as well as a looming threat of environmental and historical disfigurement.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
GIUSI MARCHETTA Arturo / Arturo⁺
GIAMPAOLO SIMI The Beach House / La casa delle vacanze
RUSKA JORJOLIANI Pitch Dark / Nel fitto buio °
AZZURRA D’AGOSTINO Fractures / Fratture
ANDREA INGLESE The Big Room / Lo stanzone
CARMEN PELLEGRINO What is left / Ciò che resta⁺
SIMONA BALDANZI Processing / Accettazione
FRANCESCO TARGHETTA Tiziano among all the banners / Tiziano tra le bandiere
Translations by Johanna Bishop, Frederika Randall°, Jamie Richards⁺
Illustrations by Franz Lang
Issue 5 details
Fake / Fake
FAKE: or rather, artfully counterfeited. We usually associate this word with a forgery that’s easy to unearth. Very often, however, we set out on a long journey based on news, information, lives and relationships, only to find out that there’s deception, some convincing deception at the end. Like in a novel.
Aesthetics and ethics both find a home in FAKE, which sidesteps or oversteps the pure true/false dichotomy due to its very nature. What stands in contrast to the counterfeited? The natural? The authentic? The pure?
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
PAOLO DI PAOLO China Illustrata / Cina Illustrata +
ROSSELLA MILONE Where was I, Then? / Dov’ero, io? +
EMMANUELA CARBÉ Water on Mars / Acqua su Marte
GIULIA NICCOLAI Untitled / Senza titolo
MARY B. TOLUSSO Fake Muse / Fake Muse
ITALO TESTA Hotel Palenque / Hotel Palenque
FRANCESCO PERMUNIAN The False Note I and II / La falsa nota I e II
GREGORIO MAGINI Living Room / Salotto
MIRCO RONCORONI Orchid / Orchidea
EZIO SINIGAGLIA The Piece / La Pièce +
Translations by Johanna Bishop and Jamie Richards⁺
Illustrations by Luogo Comune