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Dino Buzzati’s “The Falling Girl”

Falling GirlA Summary:
In “The Falling Girl” by Dino Buzzati a young girl commits suicide from the top of posh skyscraper full of apartments and offices. Time is suspended as she falls. As she falls, people examine, comment, and question her from windows. By the time she reaches the ground she has extraordinarily aged and is now an old woman.

An interactive narrative installation of the story by Scott Snibbe and Annie Loui.

A podcast of the story:

A crossword puzzle of the story.

A scientific article on the fourth dimension tangentially connected to the story.

And another falling girl:

  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

2 thoughts on “Dino Buzzati’s “The Falling Girl”

  1. First two links aren’t working for me… Is the story collected in something/somewhere? I just read Buzzati’s Poem Strip earlier in the week & was very pleased with it.

  2. Links should be working. Not sure what’s wrong.

    Anyway, you can find the story collected (I think) in Restless Nights: Selected Stories of Dino Buzzati and anthologized in Sudden Fiction International, edited by by Robert Shapard, James Thomas.

    I haven’t found it online yet, although I may put up a bootleg.

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