Marcovaldo: Or, The Seasons in the City Helen and Kurt Wolff Books

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Mariner Books #ad - In this enchanting book of linked stories, italo calvino charts the disastrous schemes of an Italian peasant, an unskilled worker in a drab northern industrial city in the 1950s and ’60s, struggling to reconcile his old country habits with his current urban life. A charming portrait of one man’s dreams and schemes, by “the greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century” The Guardian.

Much to the continuing puzzlement of his wife, his children, following a stray cat, his boss, and his neighbors, whether it’s sleeping in the great outdoors on a park bench, he chases his dreams and gives rein to his fantasies, or trying to catch wasps. Throughout, calvino’s unassuming masterpiece “conveys the sensuous, tangible qualities of life” The New York Times.

Marcovaldo: Or, The Seasons in the City Helen and Kurt Wolff Books #ad - Spanning from the 1950s to the 1960s, the twenty stories in Marcovaldo are alternately comic and melancholy, farce and fantasy. Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing for the unspoiled rural world of his imagination. Unfortunately, the results are never quite what he anticipates.

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Mr. Palomar Helen and Kurt Wolff Books

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Mariner Books #ad - Each brief chapter reads like an exploded haiku, ” wrote Time Out. Palomar is a natural observer. And though he may fail as an objective spectator, he is the best of company. In the new york times book Review, the poet Seamus Heaney praised Mr. It is only after you have come to know the surface of things, ” he believes, “that you can venture to seek what is underneath.

Whether contemplating a fine cheese, or a topless sunbather, a hungry gecko, he tends to let his meditations stray from the present moment to the great beyond. Palomar consistently render the world sublime and ridiculous. Like the telescope for which he is named, Mr. Palomar as a series of “beautiful, nimble, solitary feats of imagination.

Mr. Palomar Helen and Kurt Wolff Books #ad - Throughout these twenty-seven intricately structured chapters, the musings of the crusty Mr. A novel of a delightful eccentric on a search for truth, by the renowned author of Invisible Cities. A play on a world fragmented by our individual perceptions, this inventive and irresistible novel encapsulates the life’s work of an artist of the highest order, “the greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century” The Guardian.

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Italian Folktales

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Mariner Books #ad - Filled with kings and peasants, sometimes with earthy humor, saints and ogres—as well as some quite extraordinary plants and animals—these two hundred tales bring to life Italy’s folklore, sometimes with noble mystery, and sometimes with the playfulness of sheer nonsense. For readers of any age .

 .  . One of the new york times’s ten best books of the Year: These traditional stories of Italy, retold by a literary master, are “a treasure” Los Angeles Times. Selected and retold by one of the country’s greatest literary icons, “this collection stands with the finest folktale collections anywhere” The New York Times Book Review.

Italian Folktales #ad - A masterwork. The wall street journal   “A magic book, and a classic to boot. Time  .

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Difficult Loves

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Mariner Books #ad - A soldier is reduced to quivering fear by the presence of a full-figured woman in his train compartment; a young clerk leaves a lady’s bed at dawn; a young woman is isolated from bathers on a beach by the loss of her bikini bottom. Intricate interior lives are brilliantly explored in these short stories, now presented in one definitive collection as Calvino intended them In Difficult Loves, Italy’s master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love—including self-love—are swept away in magical instants of recognition.

Each of them discovers hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life. This is the first edition in english to present the collection as Calvino originally envisioned it, and includes two stories newly translated by Ann Goldstein.

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium

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Mariner Books #ad - One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature. Boston globe “a brilliant, original approach to literature, a key to Calvino’s own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the world’s greatest writing. San francisco chronicle at the time of his death, Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come.

Readers will be astonished by the prescience of these lectures, which have only gained in relevance as Calvino’s “next millennium” has dawned. He devotes one “memo” each to the concepts of lightness, folklore, exactitude, quickness, visibility, drawing examples from his vast knowledge of myth, and multiplicity, and works both ancient and modern.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium #ad - Here, forming not only a stirring defense of literature, are the five lectures he completed, in Six Memos for the Next Millennium, but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself.

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The Nonexistent Knight

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Mariner Books #ad - An empty suit of armor is the hero in this witty novella, a picaresque gem—now available in an independent volume for the first time—that brilliantly parodies medieval knighthood. In the end, after many surprising turns of plot, a closing confession draws this sparkling novella to a perfect finish. Set in the time of charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming white suit of armor with nothing inside it.

A challenge to his honor sends agilulf on a search through France, England, and North Africa to confirm the chastity of a virgin he saved from rape years earlier.

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The Cloven Viscount

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Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Soon the other, virtuous half appears. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Now available in an independent volume for the first time, this deliciously bizarre novella is Calvino at his most devious and winning.      . In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bisected lengthwise by a cannonball.

When the two halves become rivals for the love of the same woman, there’s no telling the lengths each will go to win.

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Under the Jaguar Sun

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Mariner Books #ad - . The name, the nose” drives to a startling conclusion as men across time and space pursue the women whose aromas have enchanted them. The reader is likely to salivate. Cynthia ozick, new York Times Book Review. Amid the flavors of mexico’s fiery chiles and spices, a couple on holiday discovers dark truths about the maturing of desire in the title story, “Under the Jaguar Sun.

In “a king listens, ” a gripping portrait of a frenzied mind, the menacing echoes in a huge palace spur a tyrant’s thoughts to the heights of paranoid intensity. Mordant and deliciously offbeat, this trio of tales is a treat from a master of short fiction. Fuses fable with neuron. The thought. Under the Jaguar Sun.

Under the Jaguar Sun #ad - . Calvino is a learned, daring, ingeniously gifted magus. Called up the flavors of an elaborate and bold cuisine, in chords, juxtaposing them in modulations, bent on making the flavors’ highest notes vibrate, and especially in dissonances that would assert themselves as an incomparable experience.

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The Baron in the Trees

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Mariner Books #ad - A landmark new translation of a calvino classic, a whimsical, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, spirited novel that imagines a life lived entirely on its own terms Cosimo di Rondó, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy—he hunts, plays games with earth-bound friends, solves engineering problems, fights forest fires, sows crops, and even manages to have love affairs.

. From his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the Age of Enlightenment pass by and a new century dawn. The baron in the trees exemplifies Calvino’s peerless ability to weave tales that sparkle with enchantment. This new english rendering by acclaimed translator Ann Goldstein breathes new life into one of Calvino’s most beloved works.

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The Uses of Literature

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Mariner Books #ad - A helen and Kurt Wolff Book. Translated by Patrick Creagh. Calvino himself made the selection of pieces to be included in this volume. In these widely praised essays, Calvino reflects on literature as process, the great narrative game in the course of which writer and reader are challenged to understand the world.

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