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This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century Italy's most important postwar novelist Italo Calvino 1923 1985 achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics Invisible Cities and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler But he was also an influential literary critic an important literary editor and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco Primo Levi Gore Vidal Leonardo Sciascia Natalia Ginzburg Michelangelo Antonioni Pier Paolo Pasolini and Luciano Berio This book includes a gener A lot of these letters deal either with the internal politics of the communist party or lengthy discussions of literar


Ous selection of about 650 letters written between World War II and the end of Calvino's life Selected and introduced by Michael Wood the letters are expertly rendered into English and annotated by well known Calvino translator Martin McLaughlinThe letters are filled with insights about Calvino's writing and that of others; about Italian American English and French literature; about literary criticism and literature in general; and about culture and politics The book also provides a kind of autobiography documenting Calvino's Communism and his resignation from the party in 1957 his Italo Calvino s letters are great fun to read He had something to say about all the literary stars of the day and his

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Eye opening trip to the United States in 1959 60 his move to Paris where he lived from 1967 to 1980 and his trip to his birthplace in Cuba where he met Che Guevara Some lengthy letters amount almost to critical essays while one is an appropriately brief defense of brevity and there is an even shorter reassuring note to his parents written on a scrap of paper while he and his brother were in hiding during the antifascist ResistanceThis is a book that will fascinate and delight Calvino fans and anyone else interested in a remarkable portrait of a great writer at work Library Journal The 13 Best Biographies Memoirs and History Books of 2013Italo Calvino Letters 1941 1985 public library offers than f

  • Hardcover
  • 640
  • Italo Calvino
  • Italo Calvino
  • English
  • 15 June 2019
  • 9780691139456

About the Author: Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy 1952 1959 the Cosmicomics collection of short stories 1965 and the novels Invisible Cities 1972 and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler 1979His style is not easy to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to th

10 thoughts on “Italo Calvino

  1. says:

    A lot of these letters deal either with the internal politics of the communist party or lengthy discussions of literary theory neither of which I found particularly interesting sadly

  2. says:

    Italo Calvino worked in publishing and most of this collection is concerned with Italian fiction by writers I'm unfamiliar with and with Italian publishing It's outside my experience so obscure I had trouble relating to it Except for a handf

  3. says:

    I will confess right off the top that I didn't understand a great deal of this Calvino freuently went into very minute dissections and criticisms of texts articles from long extinct literary journals and books bot

  4. says:

    The bizarre thing about reading other people’s letters is you get to thinking that they’re writing letters to you Then you start

  5. says:

    A useful guide to the arguments and politics that informed the bold clear lines of Calvino's prose If I'm honest though I'm mostly just envious of how blunt Calvino is with his contemporaries

  6. says:

    Italo Calvino's letters are great fun to read He had something to say about all the literary stars of the day a

  7. says:

    Now these are letters you want to read I've always liked Calvino and now I like him even Growing up Calvino was one of those very few serious r

  8. says:

    My son and I share a love of Calvino's books and on a visit to the Seminary Co op in Chicago he bought me this collection of letters Reading this book is like sitting down with a big box of letters except there's no dust and if a dog knocks it off the table things don't get mixed up In this book you're the dete

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    The 13 Best

  10. says:

    As the volume's introduction suggests Calvino's letters are markedly different from his fiction and essay writing They are very straightforward telling rather than showing A solid background in revolutionary movements of the 40s 60s will facil

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