387 Short Stories: Day 24: Story 24: The Man Who Shouted Teresa by Italo Calvino

Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories by Italo Calvino

Title: The Man Who Shouted Teresa
Author: Italo Calvino
Taken from the Collection: Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories

Today’s story was, “The Man Who Shouted Teresa” by Italo Calvino. He had to be there in the list. The story is about a man shouting a name, but obviously that of Teresa’s. He is then joined by others in the game and no one knows what is happening and yet they are shouting the name, till the story reaches its end.

That in short is the only plot of the story and yet Calvino infuses it with a fable-like quality, with language so rich and yet simple, with the scenario of any small town or village or city – at dark, playing with its own shadows, as the streetlights lend to them.

Italo knows how to write and how to stop when he needs to. May be that is why, it was a very short story today, which is left open to several interpretations. A read you can read here:

http://biblioklept.org/2011/05/12/the-man-who-shouted-teresa-italo-calvino/

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