300 short stories:: story 172

story: “The Adventure of a Traveler”

author: Italo Calvino

year: 1958

where: Philadelphia Fox Chase train

note: From Gli Amori Difficili 

a line: “The apartment was again in darkness. The train devoured its invisible road. Could Frederico ask more of life? From such bliss to sleep, the transition is brief.”

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300 short stories:: story 169

story: “The Adventure of a Soldier”

author: Italo Calvino

year: 1984 (English translation)

where: Philadelphia train

note: Such great description of how time stretches in the moments of nearness to someone we desire.

a line: “This meeting of calves was precious, but it came at a price, a loss: in fact, the body’s weight was shifted and the reciprocal support of the hips no longer occurred with the same docile abandon.”