'The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century ' Guardian
'Gleaming with resonant clarity, Calvino's fiction hits the mind's eye with the hard-edged sumptuousness, of a pre-Raphaelite painting. Vividnes, enthralls him. Story after story in DIFFICULT LOVES sparkle, with heightened reSponsiveness to life. Capturing the tiniest tactile sensations and the heart-pounding excitement that amplifies them, Calvino sensitises his characters down to the last straining tendon and straying finger-tip'
“A beautifully translated collection of early stories by the highly regarded Italian writer. The earliest were written in 1945 when Calvino was twenty-two and the latest date from the 1950s when he was in his early thirties. The quirkiness and the grace of the writing, the originality of the imagination at work, the incandescence of vision, make this collection well worth reading, and for more than archaeological reasons”
New York Times Book Review
“The quirkiness and grace of the writing, the originality of the imagination at work, the occasional incandescence of vision, and a certain loveable nuttiness make this collection well worth reading”
“The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century”