The Road to San Giovanni

The Road to San Giovanni

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In five elegant autobiographical meditations Calvino delves into his past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the Fascists. He also muses on the social contracts, language and sensations associated with emptying the kitchen rubbish and the shape he would, if asked, consider the world. These reflections on the nature of memory itself are engaging, witty, and lit through with Calvino's alchemical brilliance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 6mm | 90g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141189711
  • 9780141189710
  • 628,943

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This major testament by Italo Calvino is composed of of five strikingly elegant "memory exercises" about his life and work. The title piece, "The Road to San Giovanni," poignantly evokes his childhood home. "A Cinema-Goer's Autobiography" tells of his adolescence, when he was riveted by American films starring Gary COoper, Clark Gable, and others. "Memories of a Battle" is at once a reminiscence of his experience ina partisan unit during World War II and a reflection on the rolse of real and imagined memories. ""La Poubelle Agreee" is a Parisian set piece, and "From the Opaque" is essentially his writer's credo.
In "The Road to San Giovanni, brilliantly translated by Tim Parks, the originality, grace, wit, and wisdom that we have come to associate with Calvino are everywhere on display.
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'These autobiographical essays marvellously reconstitute different strata of his past in all the pristine, warm stir of immediacy' Sunday Times
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About Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. He was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include Cosmicomics (1968), Invisible Cities (1972), and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979). He died in Siena in 1985.Tim Parks was born in Manchester in 1954, studied at Cambridge and Harvard, and moved to Italy in 1980, where he lectures on literary translation in Milan. His translations from the Italian include works by Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Roberto Calasso and Antonio Tabucchi. His most recent novels are Europa and Destiny, while his non-fiction encompasses a collection of essays, Adultery and Other Diversions, and an academic work, Translating Style. His account of provincial life in Italy, Italian Neighbours, was an international bestseller.
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