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Umbers in the Dark display all of Calvino's dazzling gifts whimsy and horror exuberance of style and a cheerful grasp of the absurdities of the human conditi. Spoiler This review will not match up with the ratingSelf Disclosure Italo Calvino is one of my favorite writers I think of him as my uncle even though we re not related Not even closely He s just so great that I ve adopted him into my family in my head I haven t told the rest of the family about this yet I vastly prefer his novels to his short fiction We yes the royal one interrupt this review to recommend If on a Winter s Night a Traveler The Baron in the Trees Invisible Cities and Marcovaldo The Review ish Part Somehow I found this book such a struggle to get through It s not even that big of a book but by the last 70 pages I started reading the stories from the end of the book going forwards so I wouldn t keep counting how many storiespages I had left And yet I liked 11 of these 37 stories immensely And even the ones I thought were just good carry his trademark enthusiasm for life and all its mysteries Montezuma gets interviewed by a contemporary journalist incidentally he seems to think we hindsight stone throwers have a lot of blood on our hands too Henry Ford defends his vision of America the oft used celestial presence of fwf gives us a window into the beginning of the universe etc etc But too many felt like failed experiments More literary exploration than final pieces And despite many of the stories being very short the sheer number of them felt like a hurdle Of the two sections the book consists of Fables Stories 1943 1958 and Tales Dialogues 1968 1984 I preferred the former but found the latter stirred thinkingideas of my own And yet I fear my own impatience colored some of the lesser storiesBut why dwell on the lesser Of the standouts my favorites were The Flash a story not even two pages long of a man who suddenly understands nothing Beheading the Heads a tale about a town where every politician s time in office knowingly ends with their own beheading the timing of this is decided upon by the populace and The Burning of the Abominable House a mystery of sorts that wraps the narrator up in an insurance investigation into the deaths of four victims and the list of heinous deeds they left behind These gems alone would probably make the book a worthwhile readConclusion Don t stretch a short book out over 5 months Don t let your own impatience with life or with wanting to move on to the next book because you want to read almost everything you see distract you from what s in front of you Get enough sleep it has a hugely positive impact Sample some Calvino short fiction but dive into those novels

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Prima che tu dica «Pronto»

The 20th century displaying the full breadth of his vision and wit  Written between 1943 and 1984 and masterfully translated by Tim Parks the fictions in N. Hit or miss collection of shorts An amusing seuence of interviews with various persons Montezuma a thoughtful troglodyte Henry Ford Casanova Some repeats otherwise with other volumesVery effective in some items such as The Burning of the Abominable House and The ueen s Necklace which stand out Others are a bit too clever but still cool The General in the Library The Workshop Hen Beheading the Heads and The Lost Regiment And extremely moving in others Love Far from Home comes to mind immediately And The Other Eurydice is just very cool rhetorically slick and conceptually advanced

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For the first time in paperback a volume of thirty seven diabolically inventive stories fables and impossible interviews from one of the great fantasists of. Certainly one of the best short story collections I have ever read It covers the entire span of Calvino s writing career and his early charming and offbeat fables the first written when he was 19 are just as entertaining as the mature and complex thought experiments of his later work There are very few Calvino stories remaining that I haven t yet read Numbers in the Dark includes extracts from unfinished and unpublished novels that he transformed into short stories as well as embryonic projects that might have developed into substantial pieces had he lived longer for example The Memoirs of Casanova follows a similar pattern to Invisible CitiesI first obtained this volume back in 1996 and I read half of it then I lost it Many years later in 2010 I picked up another edition and once again only got about halfway through it before life intervened and I was distracted from finishing it I wonder if I was subconsciously sabotaging my efforts to read the complete book because I knew that once I was done with it there would be almost no new Calvino left for me to read But finally I bought a third copy and now have read the whole book I am intrigued to discover that my opinion of some of the early stories has changed over the past two decades I always liked them but now I like them even To give one example Love Far From Home now strikes me as poignant and wonderful whereas on my first two readings I regarded it merely as rather good No it is much better than thatBut what amazes me is how many of these stories especially the early ones were never published at all in Calvino s lifetime others appeared only in obscure or ephemeral places perhaps he simply never got round to submitting them anywhere or maybe he forgot all about them and they were only discovered in manuscript form after his death These almost lost stories include some of my favourites The Man Who Shouted Teresa and Solidarity the perfect short fable Some even lacked titles and had to be given titles posthumouslyThe variety seems endless There are tales that are already polished examples of Calvino s brilliance at playing games with definitions The Lost Regiment and A General in the Library being two particularly fine examples of how something a substance a striving can alter imperceptibly into something completely different Other pieces were conceived as political allegories Becalmed in the Antilles or as introductions to books by other writers The Call of the Water or as television scripts Henry Ford or as impossible interviews Neanderthal Man and Montezuma World memory is a science fiction tale written in the 1960s that anticipates the internet It raises some interesting problems of identity and reality and also happens to be a crime story Crime fiction was one of Calvino s many literary interests The Burning of the Abominable House is an OuLiPo story based on the idea of how a computer might write a crime story it is excellent The Other Eurydice is a superb fantasy about the underworld The volume ends with two fwf tales not to be found in the original Cosmicomics collectionI repeat one of my favourite short story collections ever Dictionary Of Dreams read It covers the entire span of Calvino s writing career and his early charming and offbeat fables the first written when he was 19 are just as entertaining as the mature and complex thought experiments of his later work There are very few Calvino stories The Love of a Latino remaining that I haven t yet Other Days, Other Eyes read Numbers in the Dark includes extracts from unfinished and unpublished novels that he transformed into short stories as well as embryonic projects that might have developed into substantial pieces had he lived longer for example The Memoirs of Casanova follows a similar pattern to Invisible CitiesI first obtained this volume back in 1996 and I Deception Island read half of it then I lost it Many years later in 2010 I picked up another edition and once again only got about halfway through it before life intervened and I was distracted from finishing it I wonder if I was subconsciously sabotaging my efforts to The Family read the complete book because I knew that once I was done with it there would be almost no new Calvino left for me to The First Partition of Poland read But finally I bought a third copy and now have The Hero of Varay read the whole book I am intrigued to discover that my opinion of some of the early stories has changed over the past two decades I always liked them but now I like them even To give one example Love Far From Home now strikes me as poignant and wonderful whereas on my first two Blackmailed By Daddy regarded it merely as उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] rather good No it is much better than thatBut what amazes me is how many of these stories especially the early ones were never published at all in Calvino s lifetime others appeared only in obscure or ephemeral places perhaps he simply never got Cock Tales round to submitting them anywhere or maybe he forgot all about them and they were only discovered in manuscript form after his death These almost lost stories include some of my favourites The Man Who Shouted Teresa and Solidarity the perfect short fable Some even lacked titles and had to be given titles posthumouslyThe variety seems endless There are tales that are already polished examples of Calvino s brilliance at playing games with definitions The Lost Regiment and A General in the Library being two particularly fine examples of how something a substance a striving can alter imperceptibly into something completely different Other pieces were conceived as political allegories Becalmed in the Antilles or as introductions to books by other writers The Call of the Water or as television scripts Henry Ford or as impossible interviews Neanderthal Man and Montezuma World memory is a science fiction tale written in the 1960s that anticipates the internet It Son of the Hero raises some interesting problems of identity and The Alien Jigsaw reality and also happens to be a crime story Crime fiction was one of Calvino s many literary interests The Burning of the Abominable House is an OuLiPo story based on the idea of how a computer might write a crime story it is excellent The Other Eurydice is a superb fantasy about the underworld The volume ends with two fwf tales not to be found in the original Cosmicomics collectionI Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning repeat one of my favourite short story collections ever


10 thoughts on “Prima che tu dica «Pronto»

  1. says:

    If you're looking to read some Calvino for the first time do not buy this book May I instead highly recommend the magnificent The Complete Cosmicomics it will not disappoint'Numbers in the Dark' an interesting and creative collection of short stories Not all of them are good this coming from a hardcore Calvino fan but arguably the collection

  2. says:

    These gather 37 previously uncollected Calvinos from early fables and realist social commentaries to later oulipan narrative games stylistically masterful if frivolous riffs on a theme composed as commissions one from a Japanese whis

  3. says:

    Certainly one of the best short story collections I have ever read It covers the entire span of Calvino's writing career and his early charming and offbeat fables the first written when he was 19 are just as entertaining a

  4. says:

    Hit or miss collection of shorts An amusing seuence of interviews with various persons Montezuma a thoughtful troglodyte Henry Ford Casanova Some repeats otherwise with other volumesVery effective in some items such as The

  5. says:

    I agree with other reviewers that it shouldn't be the first Calvino book you read but readers who are already Calvino fans will find plenty of gems in this collection There are 37 widely varied stories vignettes fables imagined interviews and fantasies arranged chronologically and representing work from 1943 to 1985 Of the earlier work I most enjoyed the fables such as The Black Sheep in which a smoothly running villa

  6. says:

    Short stories are interesting when considered as a medium of their own What I mean by this is some authors and fiction writers are better at certain types of fiction Not necessarily better at certain types of fiction when compared to other writers but better in comparison to their own works of different types For instance Nabokov is a master of the novel perhaps the best in terms of structure and one of the best in terms of raw prose but a

  7. says:

    Exuisite This is a lovely book of short stories from Mr C They cover his career from teenage years onwards What I like about his work is the purity of the prose together with a different slant on the world Especially recommended the earlier sto

  8. says:

    While I really love Calvino's novels I think he is at his best when writing short stories Conscience is a particular favorite

  9. says:

    Spoiler This review will not match up with the ratingSelf Disclosure Italo Calvino is one of my favorite writers I

  10. says:

    And Ida is one of those girls who run into you and immediately start telling you their life stories and what they think about things even though they hardly know you girls with no secrets except for things that are secrets to them too; and even for those secrets they'll find words everyday words that sprout effortlessly as if their thoughts budded ready clothed in a tissue of wordsOnly in a superficial sense can lies be

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