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  • Published: 3 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784874841
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Difficult Loves and Other Stories




Updated edition to include two newly translated stories

A spectacular display of this key European writer's early work

This dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective and narrative gifts. As well as the thirteen tales from his Difficult Loves collection this volume also includes Smog and A Plunge into Real Estate.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2018
  • ISBN: 9781784874841
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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Praise for Difficult Loves and Other Stories

“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”

Margaret Atwood

“The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century”

Guardian


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