Loveless Love

October 30, 2020
Loveless Love

In "The Wave," a young man falls dangerously in love with thetenant downstairs, who is engaged to be married; in "TheSignorina," a flirtatious young woman is caught between herfeelings and her parents desire for a good match; in "A Friend tothe Wives," the peerless Pia Tolosani leaves a trail of regret inthe life of a former suitor.In this collection of stories, Pirandello's first published workof fiction, the master of Italian modernism dissects the passionsthat are either dimly felt or unrequited, ultimately raising doubtsabout the very nature and existence of love, while simultaneouslyforeshadowing the themes and the psychologically nuanced charactersthat he would go on to develop in his later works.