Sanje Publishing

Mangialupi and Others
by Vladimir Bartol

  • original title: Mangialupi in drugi
  • short stories
  • first published in 2003
  • 176 pages
  • rights sold: Comunicarte Edizioni (Italy)
Mangialupi and Others

The stories are set in Bartol’s native town of Trieste,a north-Adriatic port where two nations live side by side, in the time of Anglo-American administration of the region after the Second World War. The turbulent post-war atmosphere, full of political uncertainty, was a breeding-ground for conflict between the two ethnic groups, Slovenian and Italian, incarnated in the stories here in the earnest Slovenian journalist Pertot and his antithesis, the gung-ho Italian businessman Mangialupi.

As eminent critics have pointed out, Bartol’s management of character and plot in Mangialupi represents Slovenian humorous prose writing at its best. In the stories quasi-art, quasi-politics and quasi-love suggest the true mechanisms of human life; Bartol’s humour echoes Fellini’s satire, revealing human weaknesses, but with sympathy and understanding.