Un(der)known Writers: Alberto Savinio

Operatic Lives: “Isadora Duncan” (1942)

In Nice it was raining. Apollo and Diana stood at the curb, covered by black raincoats. When the automobile went by, Diana grabbed the scarf fluttering behind Isadora’s neck with two fingers and held tight. This and nothing more. A moment later, the woman whom Anne de Noailles with amiable wit had nicknamed “Isadorable” was only a heap of blood-soaked rags on the wet pavement.

- Alberto Savinio (1891-1952), whose real name was Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico, was the younger brother of the painter Giorgio De Chirico. He is the author of numerous books as well as operas, ballets and plays.