The mechanical four-leaf clover
and other stories
Preface by Alfonso Cipolla
size cm 14×21 , paperback with flaps
- Grotesque situations, set in recognizable places, alternate with others out of time and out of context with alienating effect.
- Almost a treatise on sociology, seasoned with a good dose of irony, vaguely Calvinian.
- A woman gripped by the ghosts of the past; a man intent on tidying up compulsively; characters who dream with their eyes open and others paralyzed by funny phobias.
- Assonances: the surreal stories of Cortázar and Peri Rossi, the claustrophobic nightmares of Füssli, certain paintings of Magritte, the soft clocks of Dalì, the impossible figures of Escher and the evanescent loneliness of the characters of Hopper.
“Il quadrifoglio meccanico e altri racconti” | La voce e il tempo, May 21st 2023 –Read the review
“L a penna ironica e surreale di Attilio Piovano” | La Repubblica, April 24th 2023 –Read the review
Meeting “Dalla musica al romanzo” at Salone del Libro di Torino 2023 in Sala Lilla with Nicola Garofalo, Roberto Monaco and Attilio Piovano – Presentation with Cristiana Voglino and Igor Sciavolino | See the video
- lovers of surreal literature
- lovers of humour and refined irony
- discerning readers
Profile of the author and the foreman
Attilio Piovano, writer, musicologist and musician, is the author of four novels (L’uomo del metrò, La stella amica, L’Aprilia blu, Sapeva di erica, di torba e di salmastro), the collection of musical stories Stravinsky’s Secret and a monograph on Ravel. He teaches History and Aesthetics of music at the Conservatory of Turin.
Alfonso Cipolla, playwright, director, theatre historian, is the author of essays and monographs and theatre critic for La Repubblica and other publications. He teaches Theory and Technique of Scenic Interpretation at the Conservatory of Novara.