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  • Published: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430865
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $14.99

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

Viscount Medardo is bisected by a Turkish cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; Baron Cosimo, at the age of twelve, retires to the trees for the rest of his days; Charlemagne's knight, Agiluf, is an empty suit of armour. These three vivid images are the points of departure for Calvino's classic triptych of moral tales, now published in one volume and all displaying the exuberant talent of a master storyteller.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430865
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • 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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