A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Centuria by Giorgio Manganelli. I’ve just finished reading books. Well, sort of. Giorgio Manganelli’s Centuria contains short-short stories, each taking up only about 1. Notable works, Hilarotragedia, La letteratura come menzogna, Centuria: cento piccoli romanzi fiume. Giorgio Manganelli (15 November – 28 May ) was an Italian journalist, avant-garde.

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Yet, what are they? Each “novel” construes itself into a kind of Mbius strip, in which, as one critic has noted, “time turns in a circle and bites its tail” like the Ouroborous.

Italo Calvino once remarked that in Giorgio Manganelli, ”Italian literature has a writer who resembles no one else, unmistakable in each of his phrases, an inventor who is irresistible and inexhaustible in his games with language and ideas.

Georgi rated it did not like it Nov 16, Still, I recommend it, especially to those who, like me, love an excursion into the postmodern now and again. Years ago while in college, I was so interested in a particular subject I read pages in one evening.

For example, the first sentence of 84 introduces us to the entry’s topic: Books by Giorgio Manganelli. They say it is a question of an old and fairly silly superstition, and in truth the conviction that human beings exist is mainly current among the lower classes.

V rated it did not like it Aug 17, Centuria by Giorgio Manganelli. The themes expressed in ultra-short format are still interesting and engrossing. Manganelli — had a mastery of language that allowed him to condense his intentions into compact storytelling, somewhat like a poet who can take a few well-chosen words to create a complete scene.

Amazingly, there’s practically no let-down across the hundred tales: See our Returns Policy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Centuria – Giorgio Manganelli

Many who possess a relatively higher level gikrgio culture do not believe in the existence of human beings. Three stories appeared in the March issue of Harpers magazine, and twelve stories in the spring “Zukofsky” issue of Chicago Review.

I just wish that they had a little touch of the human in them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Offer valid only once per customer. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Giorgio Manganelli describes the contents of Centuria as “one hundred romans fleuves “.

Each “novel” construes itself into a kind of Mbius strip, in which, as one critic has noted, “time turns in a circle and bites its tail” like the Ouroborous. To ask other readers questions about Centuriaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. It’s cejturia small criticism of a brilliant work, but one I make to point out that in the end Centuria is more stimulating than entertaining, and I think it could have been both.

Retrieved from ” https: Centuriawhich won the Viareggio Prize manganlli probably his most approachable; it was translated into English in by Henry Martin. Always provocative, insolent, sinister, and quite often funny, these comic novels are populated by decidedly ordinary lovers, martyrs, killers, thieves, maniacs, emperors, bandits, sleepers, architects, hunters, prisoners, writers, hallucinations, ghosts, spheres, dragons, Doppelgngers, centuriaa, fairies, angels, animal incarnations, and Dreamstuff.

Yet, what are they? Exiting a shop into which he had entered to purchase some aftershave lotion, a middle-aged gentleman, well-mannered and serious, saw that they had robbed him of the Universe. He died in Rome in Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I think almost all of the entries succeed at what they set out to do. Characters meet themselves or are condemned to non-existence. Manganelli writes with great precision, and these stories are crafted like those by Borges or Monterroso, the wild imaginings contrasting with the exacting style.


Ginnie April 17, at 8: If you are a writer, whether aspiring or established, reading Centuria might be just the boost you need to get out a notebook and start your own short-short story collection. The possibility of death, of killing or being killed, are often at issue too.

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Giorgio Manganelli

manganlli I think, personal opinion, that the stories could have come together in a larger, shall we say, plot. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’m into Italian, Spanish and French writers. They are a hundred stories, of roughly equal, one-page length, and while they can’t offer the expansive detail and turning plots of real novels, Manganelli does compress a great deal into most of them.

Centuria: One Hundred Ouroboric Novels

Applicable only on ATM card, debit card or credit card orders. Manganelli and Tabucchi are terrific Italian writers. The stories often touch upon the metaphysical, but always playfully. The love of books, especially on certain topics of interest can be hazardous to ones mental health if you overdo on the reading too much at one time… if you let it! Centuria was first centyria in and was winner of the Viareggio Prize in Literature that same year.