In Italy, the North East holds a strong place in the collective imaginary. As part of the country’s economic engine, it is an area of factories, family-run businesses, hangers and warehouses, interrupted only by the towns scattered around the land. Yet, the North East has a lesser-known image: that of the quiet, community life of its smaller villages. This month we turn to fiction for a glimpse and taste of this daily, local life somewhere deep in the Po Valley. In the Nort East
is a sensory short story by filmmaker Giorgio Guernier, accompanied by drawings by artist Enrica Casentini.