Ermanno Cavazzoni (b. 1947), from Reggio Emilia, is the award-winning author of many fantastic and absurd tales. Of his many books, including Vite brevi di idioti, Cirenaica, Gli scrittori inutili, Storia naturale dei giganti, and Il limbo delle fantasticazioni, two novels have been published in English translation: The Nocturnal Library (Vagabond Voices, 2010) and Voice of the Moon (Serpent's Tail, 1990). He is also a professor at the University of Bologna and a member of the literary group OpLePo (www.oplepo.it).
The fabulous real-life fables of Ermanno Cavazzoni’s Brief Lives of Idiots portray “fools” who can’t recognize their own kin, miserably fail at suicide, or didn’t think the concentration camp was half bad. Ignorance—like sainthood—is indeed a state of bliss.
Memoirs of a Concentration Camp Survivor
In Pescarolo, at the mouth of the Po, there’s the case of an individual of the...