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  • Published: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473558540
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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The Baron in the Trees




A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.

A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.

From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond, living up in the trees. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

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

  • Pub date: 5 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473558540
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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 The Baron in the Trees

“Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends”

Salman Rushdie

“Breathtakingly inventive”

David Mitchell

“The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists”

The Times

“Calvino is a wizard”

New York Review of Books


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