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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446414361
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

Marcovaldo




'The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists' The Times

'Marcovaldo is an enchanting collection of stories, both melancholy and funny, about an Italian peasant's struggle to reconcile country habits with urban life. Oblivious to the garish attractions of the town, Marcovaldo is the attentive recorder of natural phenomenon. The reader's heart bleeds for Marcovaldo in his tenacious pursuit of lost domains, but the stories are full of mirth and fun. They lie between farce and fantasy, combining comical disasters with a surrealistic view of city life through the eyes of an outsider.. .Nothing, as always with Calvino, is quite as it seems. Books and Bookmen

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446414361
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

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 Marcovaldo

“Calvino is surely among the handful of living writers that can be called, without hesitation, great. Each book by Calvino is a completely original conception. Marcovaldo is one of the best works of fiction published”

Spectator

“The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century”

Guardian

“It is the refinement, the oddness and the humour of the thoughts he gets which make Calvino a rare pleasure to read; he is a match for Borges as he stealthily patrols the limits of the unthinkable”

John Sturrock, New Review

“He will continue to glitter, this strange, lonely prospector in the universe of words, well into the next millennium and after, a master in the empire of the imagination”

Independent


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