Tragedy of Childhood

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ISBN 978-0-910395-74-8
Publication Date
January 1991
Page Count
131 pages
Trim Size
5 1/4 x 8 1/4

Tragedy of Childhood

Alberto Savinio
About the Author

Alberto Savinio, real name Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico (25 August 1891 - 5 May 1952) was an Italian writer, painter, musician, journalist, essayist, playwright, set designer and composer. He was the younger brother of 'metaphysical' painter Giorgio De Chirico. His work often dealt with philosophical and psychological themes, and he also was heavily concerned with the philosophy of art. Throughout his life, Savinio composed five operas and authored at least forty-seven books, including multiple autobiographies and memoirs. Savinio also extensively wrote and produced works for the theater. Savinio's work received mixed reviews during his lifetime, often due to his pervasive use of surrealism. He was influenced by and a contemporary of Apollinaire, Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob, and Fernand L├ęger.

"Savinio presents a creative and revolutionary nature of childhood through the effects of an unbound concept of time and space and the ecstatic discoveries of mythical relations. . . . Tragedy of Childhood is also a surprisingly contemporary word of fiction, with a fast and yet fragmented prose style, enriched by witty dialogues, paradoxical descriptions of 'normal situations,' aphorisms, calembours, and mordant irony." --Review of Contemporary Fiction