The Chess Set in the Mirror
Publication Date: March 2007
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An Italian Through the Looking Glass for readers--and chess lovers--of all ages.
Massimo Bontempelli was a prolific writer of poetry, plays, and novels who coined the term "magical realism." For The Faithful Lover, he won Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega. Bontempelli now occupies a major place in 20th century Italian letters, and his writings have been translated into many languages. Gilson's translation of Umberto Saba's "Stories and Recollection" won both the Italo Calvino and PEN Renato Poggioli awards, and the MLA's first Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione award in 1994 as the best literary translation of the previous two years. Her fiction, essays and articles appear in many publications. She previously translated Bontempelli's "Separations" (McPherson, 2004).