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Marcovaldo ovvero Le stagioni in città

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,173 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irrepressible dreamer and an inveterate schemer. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams-but the results are never the expected ones.
Paperback, Oscar junior, 171 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 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
بطريقته الساخرة المحببة

كنت أقرأ كالفينو بجذل ولو أعدت قراءة القصص من جديد سأقرؤه بنفس الشعور
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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,
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
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

كالفينو يكتب قصصاً كاريكاتيرية بطريقة مذهلة حيث يقوم بسرد حكايا ماركوفالدو الذي ينتمي للطبقة الكادحة و يعمل في مدينة صناعية دأبت على قضم كل ماله علاقة بالطبيعة في الوقت الذي يحاول جاهداً المحافظة على روحه البسيطة
Ma esiste ancora la natura?
Venti racconti uniti dallo stesso protagonista: un uomo semplice con una famiglia numerosa e una vita grama. Ma Marcovaldo è un sognatore con un cuore di bambino: trova la bellezza e la poesia nelle piccole cose, quelle nascoste dal caos cittadino e invisibili ai più.
I racconti affascinano per l'atmosfera sospesa da favola, per la magia, per la tenerezza e la malinconia, per la capacità di fermarsi a guardare le foglie che cadono, uno spicchio di luna, un arcobaleno
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
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
A nice book to start the Italo Calvino experience! Marcovaldo's set of stories is fun and delightful on every season. My faves are: Mushrooms In The City (spring), Park-bench Vacation (summer), The Lunchbox (autumn) Where The River Is More Blue (spring), The Wrong Stop (winter), and The Rain And The Leaves (spring).
Tariq Alferis
.ايتالو كالفيانو يكتب قصصًا واقعية هزلية مضحكة فهو يقفز كبهلوانيّ من حكاية إلى حكاية اخرى، ماركوفالدو أصبح من الشخصيات الروائية المفضلة، البطل الساخر الذي يعرينا بمواقفه وكأن أحداث قصصه نحن أبطالها وان اختلف المكان و الزمان ..
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
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
Marcovaldo sen ne güzel insansın. Tramvayların, yüksek binaların ve tüm şu çer çöp betonların arasında okula giderken nefessiz kaldım. Bacalardan kara kara dumanlar çıkıyor, tramvaylar kuşları kovalıyordu. Kocaman okulun minicik bahçesindeki tek tük ağaçlar şükür sebebiymiş meğer. Teşekkürler, çok teşekkürler.
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
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
Baraa Qudah
نعم الكتاب فكاهي إلى حد ما وسيجعلك تضحك مراراً .. و شخصية ماركوفالدو البسيطة إلى حد السذاجة ستحبها بسرعة ..

لكن ليست من نوعي المفضل للأدب .. برأي الادب الذي يستحق القراءة هو الذي حتى وسائل الترفيه الحديثة كالافلام لا تستطيع احاطته و الوصول لدرجة عالية من تقمصه من كل زواياه .. بكل بساطة الادب المقروء الذي لا يستبدل.. ومشاهدة فيلم كوميدي سيكون أفضل من قرأءة هذا الكتاب و أمتع !!

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
Karlo Mikhail
This slim volume of little more than 120 pages is now my favorite Calvino volume, even more than Invisible Cities. Bursting with comic moments and sardonic insights, the book portrays slices of the everyday life of the worker Marcovaldo in an unnamed Italian city. The book depicts how Marcovaldo copes with the daily drudgery of capitalist existence through little adventures in search little spaces of nature amidst the concrete jungle of commerce and industry. This reminds me of Chaplin's Modern ...more
Ahmed EL-Mahdy
تمنيت لو أن هناك أكثر من 5 نجوم لكي أعطيها لهذا الكتاب
فى حكايات قصيرة يأخذنا الكاتب فى رحلة مع ماركو فالو العامل البسيط الذي يحن إلي الحياة في الطبيعة وتوقعه بساطته وسذاجته فى مواقف طريفة إلا أنها تبين مدي العدوان الصناعي الوحشي على الطبيعة ومدي بؤس الإنسان الحديث الذي يعيش فى ظل هذا الكابوس الخرساني الجاثم على صدره
استمعت بالكتاب واعدت قراءته أكثر من مرة بنفس الاستمتاع وأعرف أني سأقرأه مرات أخري فى المستقبل
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.
Francesco Martini
"Oh, potessi dormire qui, solo in mezzo a questo fresco verde e non nella mia stanza bassa e calda; qui nel silenzio, non nel russare e parlare nel sonno di tutta la famiglia e correre di tram giù nella strada; qui nel buio naturale della notte, non in quello artificiale delle persiane chiuse, zebrato dal riverbero dei fanali; oh, potessi vedere foglie e ciclo aprendo gli occhi!"
L'idea di ritrovare il buon Calvino mi è venuta un po' così, di sfuggita. Mi sono ricordato della Trilogia degli Ante
Shawn (ThatOneEnglishGradStudent)
3.5 stars

I'm not quite sure how to categorize this book, as a novel or a collection of short stories, but I do feel confident in describing it as a good book. The way the book is structured around the four seasons--each of the 20 vignettes is assigned to one of them--is something I haven't really seen done before, and it's neat to see how each story relates to its season. Marcovaldo is such a charming, likeable character, too. He's the quintessential dreamer who can't catch a break; he lets his
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
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
محمد سيد رشوان
متتالية قصصية عظيمة جدًا.. من أجمل ماقرأت في الأدب المترجم

تدور في إطار سوداوي ساخر عن ماركو فالدو المعدم البائس والذي دائمًا مايوقع نفسه وأسرته في مآزق بسبب مواقفه الحمقاء وأفكاره الغريبة

عظيم جدًا جدًا جدًا

أعجبني إيتالو جدًا بخفة حكاياته وقوة بناءه وسلاسة سرده وبساطته..

عظيم جدًا جدًا
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
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
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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).

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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
“To fall asleep like a bird. To have a wing you could stick your head under, a
world of branches suspended above the earthly world, barely glimpsed down
below, muffled and remote. Once you begin rejection your present state, there is no knowing where you can arrive.”
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