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  • Published: 3 May 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430872
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

Mr Palomar




'Beautifully nimble, solitary feats of imagination' Seamus Heaney

'Here, Calvino, probably Italy's leading novelist before he died, focuses a probing eye on one man's attempt to name the parts of his universe, almost as though Mr Palomar were trying to define and explain his own existence. Where the Palomar telescope points out into space, Mr Palomar points in: walking the beach, visiting the zoo, strolling in his garden. Each brief chapter reads like an exploded haiku, with Mr Palomar reading an universe into the proverbial grain of sand' Time Out

  • Pub date: 3 May 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430872
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

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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