A Red Rose
An elderly man addresses a group gathered in a boardroom, telling them a story about a girl he once knew. By Stefano Benni.
A specially commissioned translation from the master of the Italian short story - Stefano Benni. An elderly man addresses a group gathered in a boardroom, he begins to tell them a story about a girl he once knew.
The author Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italy's foremost contemporary novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea, and the remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy.
Written by Stefano Benni
Translated by Alta L. Price
Read by James Laurenson
Abridged by Jill Waters and produced by Lizzie Davies
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.