Solitude and Other Stories represents Arturo Vivante's quest to use writing to uncover hidden truths. These twenty-four short stories—set in Italy, New England, and Canada—explore various themes, including, as the title story says, solitude. Vivante begins the narrative with a self-oblivious solitude that will become loneliness. Day after day, night after night, Vivante's narrator becomes aware of his isolation, and he decides to seek the company of others. Companionship, therefore, becomes another theme developed in these stories.
Although not explicitly autobiographical, many of these stories do have an autobiographical tone. Vivante writes about things that may have happened in his life. His stories often stem from the observation of a bright or meaningful moment, and always center on exploring the ideas and emotions of his characters. Written with clarity, simplicity, and sincerity, Solitude and Other Stories is a lovely collection from an accomplished author.
“Arturo Vivante’s stories glow with a special radiance. Solitude is a fine collection.” —Elizabeth Spencer
“No one can touch Vivante for his affectionate mix of lively story and both serious and funny sensuality. When the author himself likes life and people and nature this much, the world’s big joys and little joys spring up in any reader. There isn’t a dud in the lot, and several of this collection are extraordinary. Vivante is just plain more affectionate toward the world than most story tellers. The book is incandescent all through.” —Carol Bly