Italo Calvino

Adam, One Afternoon

Adam, One Afternoon

Italo Calvino

The world of Calvino is a world of fable, but he uses its mechanisms to focus with unerring precision on human reality. Nature in these stories has a magical quality in the flight of a crow, the iridescent track of a snail, the...

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Difficult Loves

Difficult Loves

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

This dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective and narrative gifts. As well as the eleven tales from his Difficult...

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Why Read the Classics?

Why Read the Classics?

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

Beginning with an essay on the attributes that define a classic, this collection provides the author's criticism.

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The Road to San Giovanni

The Road to San Giovanni

Italo Calvino, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh, Martin McLaughlin

Includes five autobiographical meditations that delves into the author's past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the Fascists.

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Under the Jaguar Sun

Under the Jaguar Sun

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

A couple on a journey across Mexico are excited by the idea of a particular ingredient, suggested by ancient rituals of human sacrifice. Precariously balanced on his throne, a king is able only to listen to the sounds around him -...

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Numbers in the Dark

Numbers in the Dark

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

A collection of short stories covering the length of the author's writing career, from when he was a teenager to shortly before his death. It includes fables; a town where everything has been forbidden apart from the game of...

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The Path to the Spiders' Nests

The Path to the Spiders' Nests

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Archibald Colquhoun, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

Pin is a bawdy, adolescent cobbler's assistant, both arrogant and insecure who - while the Second World War rages - sings songs and tells jokes to endear himself to the grown-ups of his town - particularly jokes about his sister,...

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 Special priceThe Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, William Weaver

Includes stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures.

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh

Italo Calvino was due to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard in 1985-86, but they were left unfinished at his death. The surviving drafts explore of the concepts of lightness, quickness, multiplicity, exactitude...

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Fantastic Tales: Visionary And Everyday

Fantastic Tales: Visionary And Everyday

Italo Calvino

A collection of nineteenth-century fantastic literature - from enchantments and horrors to subtler, psychological terrors. It includes Hoffmann's The Sandman , Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Dickens' The Signal-Man , and works...

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Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino, William Weaver

Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller

Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many...

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Marcovaldo

Marcovaldo

Italo Calvino

Marcovaldo is an enchanting collection of twenty stories that are both melancholy and funny, farce and fantasy. Calvino charts the struggles of an Italian peasant to reconcile country habits with urban life, combining comical...

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The Castle Of Crossed Destinies

The Castle Of Crossed Destinies

Italo Calvino

A group of travellers chance to meet, first in a castle, then a tavern. Their powers of speech are magically taken from them and instead they have only tarot cards with which to tell their stories. What follows is an exquisite...

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

Italo Calvino, Peter Washington, William Weaver

A postmodern novel which combines a love and a detective story with a sardonic dissection of the publishing industry in an allegory of reading. Two readers attempt to finish the same book, but are comically and repeatedly...

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Mr Palomar

Mr Palomar

Italo Calvino

Mr Palomar is a delightful eccentric whose chief activity is looking at things. Whether contemplating a fine cheese, a hungry gecko, a woman sunbathing topless or a flight of migrant starlings, Mr Palomar's observations render the...

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Our Ancestors

Our Ancestors

Italo Calvino

Viscount Medardo is bisected by a Turkish cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; 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...

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