THE SIREN: A SELECTION FROM DINO BUZZATI. Translated by Lawrence Venuti. Berkeley: North Point Press, 1984. Octavo, blue wrappers printed in black. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. A posthumous collection of thirteen stories and one of Buzzati's newspaper articles, "Kafka's Houses," with preface by Lawrence Venuti. "Existentialist Absurdist fantasies, disturbing in their implications; often compared to Kafka, Borges and Calvino, but distinctively Italian in treatment." - Robert Knowlton. Buzzati (1906-1972), novelist, short story writer, journalist, is best known for his novel THE TARTAR STEPPE and his short stories. See Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-58. A fine copy. Publicity photograph of Buzzati and proof cover laid in. (#163987).