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Marcovaldo

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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 disasters with a surrealistic view of city life through the eyes of an outsider. As always with Calvino, nothing is quite as it seems.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 10mm | 117.94g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099428547
  • 9780099428541
  • 92,558

Review quote

"Calvino is surely among the handful of living writers that can be called, without hesitation, great. Each book by Calvino is a completely original conception. Marcovaldo is one of the best works of fiction published" * Spectator * "The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century" * Guardian * "It is the refinement, the oddness and the humour of the thoughts he gets which make Calvino a rare pleasure to read; he is a match for Borges as he stealthily patrols the limits of the unthinkable" -- John Sturrock * New Review * "He will continue to glitter, this strange, lonely prospector in the universe of words, well into the next millennium and after, a master in the empire of the imagination" * Independent *show more

About Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923. He grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985show more

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"He will continue to glitter, this strange, lonely prospector in the universe of words, well into the next millennium and after, a master in the empire of the imagination"show more

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'One of the best works of fiction published' Spectator 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 disasters with a surrealistic view of city life through the eyes of an outsider. As always with Calvino, nothing is quite as it seems. 'Delightful and rewarding as always' Observer See Also: Difficult Lovesshow more

Rating details

5,480 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,550)
4 40% (2,173)
3 25% (1,362)
2 6% (303)
1 2% (92)
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