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Cuentos populares italianos (Baśnie włoskie #1-3)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,568 ratings  ·  145 reviews
"Si en una época de mi actividad literaria me atrajeron los folk-tales, los fairy-tales, no era por fidelidad a una tradición étnica ni por nostalgia de las lecturas infantiles, sino por interés estilístico y estructural, por la economía, el ritmo, la lógica esencial con que son narrados". Solo un escritor tan sabio y versátil como Italo Calvino podía llevar a buen termino ...more
Hardcover, Biblioteca Calvino 14, 944 pages
Published 2014 by Siruela (first published 1956)
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May 15, 2011 emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you name it. really.
As a tiny child, I read this an enormous number of times -- I remember bringing it in to my kindergarten class to show to my teacher (who, certainly, had doubts that I'd actually read it. Psh. (Yes. I am hugely pretentious.))

Regardless. I've read bits and pieces of it again and again over the years, and it remains one of the most delightful books I know. There is no reason for this not to be a favorite book for kids -- it's exciting, full of an enormous number (200!) of vivid stories perfect in
Nandakishore Varma
Review available on my blog. Link provided below:

Italian Folktales

I hope to God that the above action (providing a link to a review located elsewhere) is not against GR policy...
Scribble Orca
Apr 22, 2013 Scribble Orca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: either Calvino completionists or fiabe italiane fetishists
Useful reference material. To be admired for the approach and scholarship. Otherwise bland.
Laura Vo
Nov 27, 2007 Laura Vo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Most traditional stories were past down from generation to generation in an oral tradition which made for well paced and entertaining stories. Sadly they are often retold in the hands of someone with a pace that is comparable to a three legged horse in a race, and sadly not as entertaining. (I know some of you are thinking I'm awful for that right now and are taking a moment to think the worst of me.) Thankfully, Italo Calvino lent his hand to the collecting and retelling of Italian folktales an ...more
Alastair Fontana
My mother gave me this book when I was seven years old. She got it from a salesman who was smart enough to convince her that the book was perfect for a seven years old, even though it was a book of more than a thousand pages, and an expensive one, with an heavy binding that made it difficult for a little boy to handle. Well, this was probably the best gift I ever had. I read the book countless times, totally fascinated by the weirdness of the characters and by the gruesomeness of the stories, el ...more
I wish my parents had read this aloud to me when I was little- perhaps one of the best collections of fairy tales I've ever read. Calvino finds a very strong narrative voice while still managing to balance his own typical style and the speaking style of those who told him the stories in the first place.

My favorite is a similar story to little red riding hood except with an ogre...
"Grandmother, what a big neck you have..."
"I've always worn such heavy jeweled necklaces my dear."
"Grandmother, what
K.D. Absolutely
This is my 4th Italo Calvino (1923-1985) book and he is still to disappoint. According to Wiki, Calvino was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Maybe he did not win the Nobel because his writings, the 3 books of him that I’ve read, have no political undertones.

This book, Ten Italian Folktales was included in penguin 60s, 60 small books that were published by Penguin Group on the occasion of their 60th
Well, Neil Gaiman gave it five stars...

and Wikipedia had this intriguing insight:

"Over a seven-year period, Calvino wrote three realist novels, The White Schooner (1947–1949), Youth in Turin (1950–1951), and The Queen's Necklace (1952–54), but all were deemed defective.[28] During the eighteen months it took to complete I giovani del Po (Youth in Turin), he made an important self-discovery: "I began doing what came most naturally to me – that is, following the memory of the things I had loved b
Calvino es un autor que me gusta. Su ensayo de por qué leer a los clásicos brindó siempre geniales discusiones en mis clases. Corazón Jaguar siempre ocupará un lugar especial en mi corazón de alcachofa. Peeeero descubrir esta joya fue extraordinario.

Leerlo con un vaso de leche y galletitas, disfrutar cada una de las historias, volverse niño no preguntar, no decir eso no me lo creo, no cuestionar. Disfrutar solamente todas estas historias de hadas, príncipes, brujas, dragones y magia tanta. Volve
Too many of these stories followed the same pattern: poor character is having a bad time > something semi-magical happens > character gains wealth or nobility.

For a writer with communist sympathies and an anarchist father, Calvino sure seems to (re-)tell a lot of stories that glorify kings, marriage, and wealth.
Mary Catelli
Calvino wanted to be Italy's Brothers Grimm. Not in the sense of collecting the tales, which folklorists had been doing, but creating a popular collection. This is the result, down to the 200 tales. He notes that he also, like the Grimms, spruced up the tales. Unlike them, he put in end notes about what tales he combined, and what little details he added. (He went by the language and not by the country's borders.)

It's a wide variety, including some religious legends and animal fables and tales a
E’ un’ antologia a tratta dalla celebre raccolta di fiabe italiane provenienti dalle diverse tradizioni regionali d’Italia, curata da Italo Calvino nella metà degli anni 50.
Dopo tanti anni, l’ho riletta a poco a poco, gustandomi le favole ed intervallando la lettura : è un libro da centellinare, riscoprendo storie dimenticate ed assaporandole letteralmente.
Molto coinvolgente cio’ che Calvino ha scritto per parlare del suo lavoro di scopritore e revisore :
“…per due anni ho vissuto in mezzo ai bo
Parrish Lantern

This is a masterful collection of Italian Folktales, where the reader is lured into a world of flux, of metamorphoses, where kings and peasants, tricksters and saints, and a whole zoology* of extraordinary animals, plants and fish wend their way through the landscape and history of the Italian nation.

Italian Folktales (Fiabe Italiane) is a collection of 200 folktales, collated from various regions around Italy, and from the works of a whole army of collectors, folklorists, ethnologists etc., mak
These are some seriously crazy fairy tales.

I finally finished this book.

I've been reading it, with varying degrees of intensity, since early 2004.

It is a 700+ page book of 200 folktales with notes and intros.

I tried to read one fairy tale every day. I failed that goal, but I came close at times.

These stories were so crazy, and yet most echoed motifs and structures of the fairy tales of other cultures.

I am so completely fascinated with the psychological need in society that has perpetuated the
Paul Engle
Italo Calvino (1923-85) was an Italian national treasure, best known for his fiction and rightly so. This book, however, is a departure from his better known offerings; a collection of two hundred Italian folktales. It is a large work, 766 pages, but each story is relatively short and for me it has stayed in easy reach on my nightstand since I bought it over a decade ago. Stories can be chosen at random, each a little gem of insight into the culture of a different region. If you are curious abou ...more
Luciana Darce
Mas que livro gostoso de ler! Terminei-o agora a pouco e imediatamente vim escrever a resenha, ainda sobre o encantamento produzido pela prosa combinada dos contos italianos e Italo Calvino.

Esse livro tem uma proposta parecida com a de 103 Contos de Fadas, da Angela Carter, mas, curiosamente, é uma leitura bem mais leve. Misturam-se em suas páginas contos de fadas, fábulas, anedotas, folclore e há um bom humor fantástico que parece permear toda a obra – do tipo que me fez ficar rindo de lado com
lézengő reader
A legtöbb mesét ismertem más, általában teljesebb, tetszősebb változatban, amit meg nem, az leginkább kalandregény-kezdemény. És persze joban örültem volna feldolgozatlan meséknek, szerencsére a jegyzetekből kiderül, hol mancsolt beléjük Calvino, de akkor is.
A képek nagyon szépek, de hogy jönnek népmesékhez? :D
Ah an oldie but a goodie ... pulled this out to read some of the tales to my 3 year old. While she fell asleep during the 1st one, I kept reading. This is a book I've read before (parts), but enjoy again and again.
Generally speaking, I don't post books on Goodreads that I have read more than 20 years ago. I read this extraordinary and deep collection in 1990, but parts of it still haunt me.
Ian Evans
An amusing collection of fairy tales and folk stories that hasn't a whiff of postmodern style. Suck it, lit majors.
I read this book aloud to my 6 year old (now 7) daughter over a period of 4 months. We looked forward to each tale discerning the structural patterns of many of the tales. The book unleashed my daughter's own storytelling creativity. Italian Folktales have considerable overlap with the Grimm Tales. I'm currently reading the unabridged Grimm Tales to my daughter.

Calvino is a brilliant writer and it is easy to see how the tales influenced his classic works such as Baron in the Trees. I would recom
Folktales are always fun to read, but I believe I was halfway through this exhaustive volume when I had to stop. An exorbitant number of stories had to do with men who killed their wives for some stupid reason and expected them to come back to life. It was ridiculous. Men beating their wives, men killing their wives, with something magical thrown in for good measure. Maybe the second half would have been better, but I couldn't go on. Italo gets three stars for the sheer academic effort of record ...more
200 folktales ... I feel like I have accomplished a major reading project.

Reading folktales/fairytales, it's fun to see some of the similarities in European stories and start to pick up not only national but regional idiosyncrasies. This extensive collection of Italian tales not only has similarities to some very familiar stories but some also have threads of Arabic tales and Roman myths.
This is my first experience of Italian folktales outside of Roman mythology, so one of the things I don't re
Dennis Vickers
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is a marvelous collection of stories akin to Grimms Fairy Tales, or Charles Parrault’s Tales of Mother Goose. As the preface explains, Italy lacked, until this book, a ‘comprehensive book of Italian folk tales, one that would be representative of the entire country and intended for popular consumption as well.’ Calvino must have expended an immense effort, working through 19th century source materials, to compile these stories, but none of this scholarly toil i ...more

Fiabe italiane è una splendida raccolta curata da uno degli scrittori italiani che amo di più. Italo Calvino, in questo cofanetto di tre volumi, è riuscito a condensare il fiore della tradizione fiabesca italiana. Ricchi mercanti, orchi, principi, inganni, sorelle invidiose, geniali popolani (a volte imbroglioni) e perfino Gesù e San Pietro sono soltanto una piccolissima parte degli elementi che popolano i libri.

Raccontate senza fronzoli, le fiabe di Calvino provengono da tutte le regioni italia
My Grandmother, from Italy, would tell my brother and I Giufa stories every night. We loved them. I have become the teller of Giufa stories. I was convinced that my Grandmother had made all these stories up about this poor farmboy, and his mother.

When my eldest son was in 1st Grade, he asked me one night after a Giufa story, "Is Giufa real, Dad."
Wanting my son to believe these stories to get the full impact, I replied, "Of course."
Then my son said, "Then tomorrow when we go to the library we c
James F
An anthology of Italian folktales selected and retold by Italo Calvino, translated into English by George Martin. Not really a "scientific" but a "popular" collection, since Calvino combines versions and occasionally deletes material or adds touches of his own, but true to the original spirit and very entertaining to read. The introduction discusses the history of the Italian folktale in literature and theories of folklore (briefly); there are 200 stories, most 2-4 pages long.
Sandy (S.L.) Carlson
This is a great read of not only 200 Italian folk tales, but also background notes on the set and on each individual story. There are many familiar tales and many not-so-familiar. Collector Italo Calvino has tried to remain true to the original tales, not tweeking them for German children like the Grimms, nor for the "gentle English minds" as with Andrew Lang and company. Therefore, there are some lovely true Italian stories in this collection. Great short reads.
This is an amazing collection of stories. Sure, some of them overlap (there are 200) but that's fine. The notes at the back of the book are interesting - Calvino catalogs the origin of each tale and the nature of his own changes (if he'd made any).

The stories are generally ordered by region, which results in a fairly palpable change in tone and characterisation (especially of girls!) between parts.

This is one book I'll hang on to for a long time. I think it would be a great trove of inspiration
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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
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