Stephen Twilley is the managing editor of Public Books. His translations from the Italian include Francesco Pacifico’s The Story of My Purity and Marina Mander’s The First True Lie, and for NYRB Classics, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Professor and the Siren. He lives in Chicago.
From InTranslation: Don Camalèo, A Novel About a Chameleon, by Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian by Michael McDonald.
Diary of a Foreigner in Parisby Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian and French by Stephen Twilley
December 19. Last night I had the same dream Ive had every so often for years. My mother enters my room at night and says to me in a hoarse voice, Stop working, youre tired. Go to sleep. I look at her. Shes pale, and smiles. Then she gets up and withdraws, leaving her white hand behind on my desk. I get up and take the heavy, dead hand, open the window, and throw it out.