Italian Stories by Joseph Papaleo
(American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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Paying homage to the Italian-American experience, ITALIAN STORIES celebrates an Italian neighbourhood in the Bronx during the 1930s and '40s, and mourns the loss of this ethnic identity with the migration of subsequent generations to the suburbs. With stories that are both melancholy and comic, Papaleo here explores the contradictory desires of assimilation: his characters want to live the life of the average American while maintaining a strong link to their rich heritage. In addition, Papaleo rails against the damaging stereotypes of Italian-Americans propagated by the media in movies and television.

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Published January 1, 2002 by Dalkey Archive Pr. 295 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Other Mauros and their relatives and acquaintances filter through later tales grouped as “Losing the Bronx” and “Blendings and Losses.” Some of the best portray a frustrated cardiac patient who secretly courts “The End,” a prosperous pornographer facing his father’s imminent demise and the threat...

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The prologue issues an amusing warning against expecting stereotypes ("I forgive you your Chef Boyardee, your worship of gangsters you think are my brothers"), which is all to the good, but judicious honing would have sharpened the sprawl of this collection, deepened its quiet homage to Italian-A...

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