Marcovaldo: ovvero le stagioni in città
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Marcovaldo: ovvero le stagioni in città

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Nello spazio di venti novelle, in cui il ciclo delle stagioni si ripete per cinque volte, il manovale Marcovaldo si ostina a cercare la Natura in una grande città industriale. È attento a qualsiasi variazione atmosferica e coglie minimi segni di vita animale e vegetale, ma ogni volta va incontro a uno scacco, a una delusione. Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1963, Marcova...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published 2003 by Mondadori (first published 1963)
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Italo Calvino is always fun to read. While Marcovaldo does not have the Borgesian or post-modern tropes of Invisible Cities or If on a winter's night a traveller, it is a heart-warming collection of brilliantly crafted stories, the pinnacle achievement being the lovable naivete and inventive imagination of the titular Italian, Marcovaldo. The whimsy and lyricism of Calvino's prose is worthwhile enough to embark on the too-short modern voyage of this short book, though it has much else to offer a...more
mai ahmd

أعتبر هذه القصص القصيرة دروسا في بساطة بنية السرد
وثراء الفكرة وتوظيف بنية الأماكن يصف الأماكن بأهمية تثير الإنتباه يعطي الفطر دوره في الحكاية الفطر هو الأرض هو حياة يقترب من واقع الإنسان البسيط .. كالفينو ينتقد المجتمع وطريقة المعيشة والحياة الإستهلاكية التي تستنفذهم وذلك
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Here's a book I knew I would like the minute I held it in my hot little hands. For one thing, it's short - 120 pages, fairly large print. For another, it's symmetrical - 20 stories, 5 for each season of the year. And finally, having read one story from it in a seasonal collection already, I knew it was both magical and sarcastic, a combination as golden as snide and abstract are shit. (Ok, it could be argued magical and sarcastic and snide and abstract are po-tay-to and po-tah-to, but let's not...more

Calvino has been on my radar for a long time, and I think I made a good choice in picking Marcovaldo for a first try. This is a small book, but it has a big heart. The stories are set in the poverty ridden early 1950's and follow up to the relative abundance of the 1960's, the immediate connections that spring to mind are the grand masters of Italian neo-realism: de Sica in The Bycicle Thiefs, Fellini in Amarcord and Roma, Visconti in Rocco and his Brothers or White Nights. Going further afield,...more
Ci sono libri che van bene a 10 anni così come a 40. Marcovaldo è uno di questi.

Leggerlo è stato come scorrere le immagini di tavolette di fumetti, quelle di tanti anni fa. Anche i nomi dei personaggi delle 20 novelle sembrano appartenere ai fumetti di un tempo lontano: la moglie Domitilla, il vigile Tornaquinci, il capo-magazziniere Viligelmo, il dottor Godifredo... una galleria di personaggi buffi e reali, a metà strada tra il mondo reale e quello fantastico. Fiaba e realtà si intrecciano sap...more
I was trying to write about cold weather. Since I was struggling, I set down my pen and opened this book and was amazed to read this:

"Cold has a thousand shapes and a thousand ways of moving in the world: on the sea it gallops like a troop of horses, on the countryside it falls like a swarm of locusts, in the cities like a knife-blade it slashes the streets and penetrates the chinks of unheated houses."

There! Simultaneously familiar and new. That is how it is done, Calvino. No wonder I read you...more
Non sono una estimatrice di Calvino, ma a Marcovaldo sono davvero affezionata. L’ho letto a scuola, la prima volta, accompagnata, nel mio procedere, dal puntuale, quieto e preciso commentare della mia insegnante di letteratura italiana delle medie. Grande donna. La persona giusta al posto giusto, mi sento di dire. L’ho ripensata spesso. Credo di doverle molto in termini di amore per la letteratura. Temo sia ormai morta, ma non ho modo di sapere cosa ne sia, oggi, di lei. La ricorderò sempre con...more
Ho dato tre stelle al libro seguendo un parere soggettivo, più che oggettivo. Non penso che il libro in sé valga tre stelle, anzi. E' un bel libro, ed infatti mi è piaciuto. Solo che, non so, non riesco ad arrivare alle quattro. Ci ho riflettuto ed ho deciso di mantenermi sulle tre. Sarà forse per il modo in cui è narrato, questo voto è riferito più alla narrazione che al contenuto. Se fosse solo per quest'ultimo il voto sarebbe più alto, perché il contenuto merita molto. Il personaggio di Marco...more
Apr 10, 2008 Annette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who know what's good
dear italo calvino,
i would like to be able to live in this time and place that you are writing from. i would like to be able to know what it was like to be living in a place that was still struggling to reconcile the modern with the rural. i would like to understand what it was like to live poorly in a place and time like that. maybe it would not be that different to live that way today.

but moving to the heart of the matter, i want to know if marcovaldo is a sympathetic or comical character. i...more
while not as well known as if on a winter's night a traveler, invisible cities, or cosmicomics, marcovaldo equally exemplifies the peerless brilliance of italo calvino's creativity. the tale of marcovaldo, a hapless laborer living with his family in an italian city, unfolds over the course of twenty short stories and is set cyclically within the inexorable rhythm of the passing seasons. marcovaldo's insatiable imagination and affinity for the simple intrigue of everyday existence proves to be mo...more
MARCOVALDO or The Seasons in the City. (1963). Italo Calvino. *****.
This is a marvelous collection of short stories by Calvino that are about Marcovaldo, a poor laborer in some northern Italian city. Marcovaldo is a dreamer and a lover of nature. Unfortunately, being a creature of the city – and a poor one at that – he is forced to use his imagination to take him places where it is not likely he will ever actually reach. He has a family: a nagging wife and three small children. He has a job in a...more
Oct 18, 2010 Marieke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marieke by: Green Group
This was a surprisingly enjoyable. i wasn't sure what to expect since i had never read anything by Italo Calvino before. And the premise seemed a bit odd. In fact, it *was* a bit odd, but that is precisely why i liked it. some of the situations Marcovaldo (or his children) got himself (themselves) into remained just this side of absurd and sometimes struck me as thoroughly improbable, but perfect for the chapter nonetheless. the concept of the book was quite clever and not once did i miss the pr...more
Nate D
The perils of navigating the modern urban eco-system with an eye to sky for migration patterns, an ear to the ground for the stirring of new shoots beneath the tarmac. In usual Calvino style, the best of these manage to be delightful and sad and insightful at the same time. But, as earlier work, they're on the simpler side of his constructions.
Italo Calvino's Marcovaldo is a collection of 20 short stories, loosely connected with each other in chronological order but not really in causality. There's one story for each season of a year for a span of 5 years. Marcovaldo is a poor worker and a father, living and working in a random city probably somewhere in Italy. But as with all Calvino's works, this city is every city and it's our city as well, with streets and shops and houses that we know very well. His neighbours are our own neighbo...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
Another wonderful literary experience with Italo Calvino. Calvino seems to be a person who is incapable of disappointing me. On the other hand he seems to be making his hold on me firmer and I am more than willing to comply.

About the book: It is a collection of 20 short stories and the main character in all the short stories is a peasant-turned-city labourer named Marcovaldo. The stories are biting satires on the insensitive and greedy urbanization process and the incurable sickness of consumer...more
Caro il nostro Marcovaldo! Come si fa a non affezionarsi a questo personaggio? Io mi immagino questo omuncolo, cappotto, occhialetti, sguardo smarrito, ma attento ad ogni dettaglio che si aggira per una città grigia e spenta alla ricerca di un qualche sparuto ciuffo d'erba, un fiore che spunta tra i mattoni di un'abitazione, un funghetto smarrito in mezzo al mare di cemento, un uccello che canta su un tetto.
Un signor Sommer che fa tanta tenerezza e che con la sua ingenuità e il suo sguardo inno...more
Meghan Fidler
Italo Calvino's "Marcovaldo or The Seasons in the City" is brilliant. While lighter in mood than Honoré de Balzac's "La Comédie humaine" the narrative follows a similar path: the pitfalls and twists in human interactions. Both highlight class boundaries, the pursuit of wealth, and family relationships.

Calvino reinvents these plot essentials with a humorous satirical edge which, to me, perfectly captures a moment in place and history. From the Section 'Autumn, the garden of stubborn cats':

But in...more
La critica alla "civiltà industriale" si accompagna a d una altrettanto decisa critica a ogni sogno di un paradiso perduto. L'amore per la natura di Marcovaldo è quello che può nascere solo in un uomo di città. questo estraneo alla città è il cittadino per eccellenza. Tristezza.Tristezza in ogni racconto: quello del coniglio velenoso è terribile. E ironia. Ironia ovunque.Un libro che si legge in due ore, facile facile, ma che offre tanti, tantissimi spunti di riflessione. Più che attuale. Eppure...more
tenendo presente che calvino per me è un mito, questo preambolo non centra proprio niente con il resto.
soprattutto il fatto che calvino sia un mito non centra col povero marcovaldo sfigato, dove sfigato non è dispregiativo ma è proprio sfortunato, uno sfigato che fa tenerezza, perchè non se la merita tutta quella sfiga. ne lui ne la sua bella famiglia.
non gli do 5 stelline solo perchè leggendolo non sono caduto dal letto o dal divano per il troppo ridere; e se cadevo dal letto perchè ridevo, sar...more
Margherita Dolcevita
Lo lessi alle elementari. Il mio primo romanzo di Calvino che mi portò a detestarlo per anni. Rileggerlo è stata una bella sfida personale contro i miei atavici pregiudizi. La seconda lettura mi ha lasciato un'impressione completamente diversa. Fermo restando che Calvino scrive benissimo (e di questo me n'ero accorta già in tenera età), il libro è di un'attualità disarmante. Certi capitoli rispecchiano esattamente talune situazioni odierne e questo dà da pensare, deve far pensare. Ho apprezzato...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Ho letto questo libro sotto costrizione scolastica come si suol dire, ma contrariamente a molti libri imposti e mal digeriti, questo è un perla rara di scrittura ironica con un retrogusto amaro che ti fa guardare con altri occhi le cose che ci circondono. Consiglio questo libro perchè secondo me è ideale da portare sotto l'ombrellone o da appoggiare su un plaid in montagna, non è complesso, sono novelle brevi ideali tra un tuffo o l'altro o una sosta in rifugio. Ricordo ancora che la mattina pre...more
"This Marcovaldo possessed an eye ill-suited to city life."--"Mushrooms in The City", Calvino

Indeed his eye is not suited to city life, but then niether is any other part of his body. MARCOVALDO is a small book of some 20 short stories, some very short, detailing the travails of the hapless peasant Marcovaldo who toils in a post-war Italian industrial city while longing for the simple rural joys he left behind. These were beautifully written (and translated) stories. Marcovaldo is a buffoon, but...more
Guttersnipe Das

Calvino’s Invisible Cities, an irresistible book, gets the lion’s share of attention nowadays, but that book must be read in conjunction with this one, its boon companion, if you wish to receive, in full, Calvino’s vision of the possibilities and perils of city life. Not only are these stories beautiful and hilarious, several of them are stories we’ll need if we intend to survive as a civilization. Or, as seems more likely now, if a few of us just happen to survive, despite our all-too-human mad...more
A fantastic Italian novella by Italo Calvino, it is dazzling in its simplicity. The cornice is composed of five years in the life of Marcovaldo. There are twenty chapters/stories, each one is a season, beginning with spring and ending with winter. It is 121 pages. Each chapter is self-enclosed so that they could be considered stories, however, they also clearly interact with and build on each other. Many of the chapters may be read as different formulations of the tension between culture and nat...more
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brevi racconti della vita di un fattorino di città che, senza una lira in tasca e soffocato da cemento, asfalto, famiglia e lavoro, si ritrova coinvolto in situazioni tragicomiche che lo vedono sempre perdente.

Marcovaldo è la metafora dell'uomo che vorrebbe tornare alla natura, riappacificarsi con essa senza però mai riuscirci e vedendola sempre sfuggirgli, scaomparire alla sua vista per la troppa violenza subita negli ultimi decenni.

La morale è chiara: finché non cambieremo veramente (e sincera...more
Marcovaldo brought Donald Duck into my mind - always trying to do something but ending up failing after an ironic twist.

My rating is three and a half stars for these short stories: as a big fan of irony, I enjoyed the twists at the end, but as they were quite similar to each other story after story, the effect lessened along the way - though there were some exceptions. Some twist were more amusing than others, and some were clearly built to stir another kind of reaction altogether. I appreciate...more
Soobie's heartbroken
Allora. Avete presente quando un'insegnate vi dà da leggere un libro per fare una di quelle odiosissime schede libro e voi vi dimenticate completamente di aver letto quel libro perché il vostro odio per l'insegnante supera qualsiasi altra cosa?

In seconda liceo la piccola me aveva un sacco di problemi e l'insegnante di italiano e latino aveva in mente solo la sua utopica idea di una classe perfetta. Di cui ovviamente la piccola me non faceva parte. Indi, tutto quello che lei mi ha fatto leggere o...more
I wanted to like these stories about Marcovaldo, and I'm even sympathetic to Calvino's goal here, but these stories simply lacked edge and personality. They're pretty flat and passive. Sure, he's intended to be a fable-like character but, in the end, why exactly should that move a reader? Oh well.
20 stories, 5 for each season, following the hapless Marcovaldo and his adventures as a nature-lover in a dirty city. It is everything I love about Calvino - charming, magical, hilarious, poignant. Delightful, and a quick read, too.
If Kafka had been born in Rome rather than Prague he might very well have written these stories. They still present the city as something formidable but for all that the hero of this book of stories remains surprisingly positive. He’s poor, dirt poor, and always on the lookout for a way to earn a few pennies or to provide for his large family in whatever ways he can—even if that involves wrestling a cat who’s robbed him of the fish he himself has just stolen—but life, commercialism, officialdom...more
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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...more
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“Marcovaldo learned to pile the snow into a compact little wall. If he went on making little walls like that, he could build some street for himself alone; only he would know where these streets led, and everybody else would be lost there. He would remake the city, pile up mountains high as houses, which no one would be able to tell from real houses. But perhaps by now all the houses ha turned to snow, inside and out, a whole city of snow and with monuments and spires and trees, a city could be unmade by shovel and remade in a different way.” 4 likes
“Cold has a thousand ways of moving in the world: on the sea it gallops like a troop of horses, on the countryside it falls like a swarm of locusts, in the cities like a knife-blade it slashes the streets and penetrates the chinks of unheated houses.” 1 likes
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