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In Florence, Italy, the death of his beloved young bride brings a mechanical genius to build a monument to sorrow, a marvelous garden where it’s hard to tell what is fake and what’s real. One day he invites to this place another lover of his, only to confront him with a hideous truth. An enchanting historical tale about reality, creation and love.
A husband leaves his wife but not in the normal fashion. Instead of packing his bags and renting an apartment across town, he gradually disappears–piece by piece, gesture by gesture, slowly becoming entirely unrecognizable in front of the unnervingly accepting eyes of his wife.
In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.
In this simple tale of the English countryside, we learn about a chair-mender named Margaret who has spent her life roaming from house to house offering her services and observing the lives of others – while never truly having a life or home of her own. But this will all change when she knocks on the door at the great manor of Thresholds Farm.
In this early and underrated Edith Wharton story, a woman who has just passed away encounters her perfect companion in the afterlife. Cultured and refined, he has all of the qualities she dreamed of in a man while alive. Incidentally, he is not her husband–which leads her to question the nature of love and commitment.
A bitter sweet romance starts in a book store and leads to a romantic picnic on the beach, with chicken and grapes. But when it turns out they cannot stop lying to each other, it seems she will have to settle for her favorite onion rings on the bench.