Italo Calvino

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Italo Calvino

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born
in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba
October 15, 1923

died
September 19, 1985

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

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 (1979).

His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales (Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics), although sometimes his writing is more "realistic" and in the scenic mode of observation (Difficult Loves, for example). Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply...more


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Invisible Cities
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 23,032 ratings — published 1972 — 98 editions
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The Baron in the Trees
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 11,909 ratings — published 1957 — 75 editions
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Cosmicomics
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 8,115 ratings — published 1965 — 50 editions
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Il cavaliere inesistente
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 8,291 ratings — published 1959 — 56 editions
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Il visconte dimezzato
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,921 ratings — published 1952 — 59 editions
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Marcovaldo
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 3,335 ratings — published 1963 — 72 editions
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Difficult Loves
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,985 ratings — published 1958 — 39 editions
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Italian Folktales
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 2,342 ratings — published 1956 — 38 editions
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Mr Palomar
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,615 ratings — published 1983 — 42 editions
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“Sections in the bookstore

- Books You Haven't Read
- Books You Needn't Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read
- Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

“In the shop window you have promptly identified the cover with the title you were looking for. Following this visual trail, you have forced your way through the shop past the thick barricade of Books You Haven't Read, which are frowning at you from the tables and shelves, trying to cow you...And thus you pass the outer girdle of ramparts, but then you are attacked by the infantry of Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered. With a rapid maneuver you bypass them and move into the phalanxes of the Books You Mean To Read But There Are Others You Must Read First, the Books Too Expensive Now And You'll Wait Till They're Remaindered, the Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback, Books You Can Borrow From Somebody, Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too. ”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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