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Marcovaldo ovvero Le stagioni in città

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Venti piccole favole moderne hanno per protagonista Marcovaldo, un tipo buffo e malinconico, padre di una numerosa famiglia sempre affamata, uomo di fatica nell'anonima ditta di una grande città, dove si aggira spaesato e insofferente.
È sempre alla ricerca di un piccolo spazio, di un elemento, di un evento atmosferico attraverso cui poter spiare l'alternarsi delle stagion
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Paperback, Letture per la scuola media #7, 151 pages
Published January 27th 1966 by Einaudi (first published 1963)
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Algernon
Oct 25, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

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 Thieves", Fellini in "Amarcord" and "Roma - Citta Apperta", Visconti in "Rocco and his Brothers" or "White Nig
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David
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
Vonia
I actually really liked this one, more than I expected. This is my second from Italo Calvino, and although this is a far difference from ".... If on a Winter's Night a Traveler", it was almost as great, in different ways. Nice to find an author than can write well in multiple genres/styles.

"Morcovaldo" ["The Seasons in the City"] is a collection of vignettes, connected but separated by seasons and time.

"Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irr
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qwerty
Feb 03, 2016 qwerty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Είναι μια σειρά από όμορφες ιστορίες που τις θυμάμαι με μια γλυκιά νοσταλγία. Είναι παιδικά παραμυθάκια που η αξία τους έγκειται στην απλότητά τους και στην έλλειψη επιτήδευσης στο ύφος.
Αυτό είναι που μου άρεσε στον Italo Calvino, αυτό ακριβώς που μαρτυρά και το μικρό του όνομα. Αυτήν τη γλυκιά απλότητα που βρίσκει κανείς συνήθως σε ιταλικά καλλιτεχνικά δημιουργήματα, είτε αυτά είναι συγγράματα, είτε ταινίες. Με τον ίδιο τρόπο που μόνο ένας Ιταλός θα μπορούσε να συλλάβει το σενάριο για την ταιν
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mai ahmd
Aug 06, 2013 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
هذا كاتب خلق لي السعادة أثناء القراءة

أحببته وبحثت عن مؤلفاته
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
إيتالو كالفينو قاصّ بسيط!

لا تعني البساطة هنا أنّه ساذج، أو سطحي، أو جاهل.
فالبساطة يمكن أن تكون جميلة، وجميلة جدًا كتلك التي يمارسها كالفينو في هذه المجموعة القصصية التي قد يصنفها البعض بأنها قصص موجهة للأطفال

والبساطة ليست مرادفًا للسهولة، فالذين يكتبون قصصًا وروايات للأطفال يعرفون ما أصعب أن يكون الإنسان بسيطا عندما يواجه الأطفال

كالفينو، قاص بسيط جدًا، أقولها وأنا أدرك أن البساطة مصدر قوّته وإبداعه
Arwen56
Jun 03, 2012 Arwen56 rated it liked it
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
John
Feb 11, 2008 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
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
عبدالله ناصر

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
Matthew
Nov 20, 2009 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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arcobaleno
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
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Patty
Nov 16, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annette
Mar 27, 2008 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Joanna Marie
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
Sep 19, 2014 Tariq Alferis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.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 ..
رغد قاسم
قصص بمسحة مرحة لحياة العامل الفقير ماركو فالدو وعائلته الفقيرة واحلامهم وطموحاتهم البسيطة
تنفع هذهِ القصص إذا كان لديك طفل أو مراهق صغير تُحب أن تشجعه على القراءة، فهذا الكتاب سيكون أختيار جيد.
Kirstin
Jul 24, 2015 Kirstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written moments from the life of the comically-tragic character, Marcovaldo. A pretty, perfect book. Read it when you're sad. It will make you feel better.
Anastasia
20 μικρές ιστορίες, κάθε ιστορία διαδραματίζεται μία διαφορετική εποχή και θίγει ένα διαφορετικό ζήτημα, μία διαφορετική πλευρά της αστικής ζωής. Όλες μαζί συνθέτουν έναν συνολικό προβληματισμό σχετικά με την ένταξη του ανθρώπου στο σύγχρονο αστικό τοπίο και τη σχέση του με τα απομεινάρια φυσικού στοιχείου που βρίσκονται διάσπαρτα στις αστικές δομές. "Μα υπάρχει ακόμα η φύση; Η φύση που βρίσκει είναι περιφρονητική, παραμορφωμένη, έχει συμβιβαστεί με την τεχνητή ζωή." (σελ.9)

Παρά τις απάνθρωπες,
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Tony
Jun 12, 2013 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elif Sena Ergin
Aug 27, 2014 Elif Sena Ergin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Francisco H. González
Italo Calvino (1923-1985) escribió los veinte relatos que conforman Marcovaldo entre 1952 y 1963. Como los personajes literarios y cinematográficos del neorrealismo, Marcovaldo lleva una vida precaria, trabaja como operario no cualificado, acarreando pesos, tiene seis bocas que alimentar, las deudas le acorralan, y el porvenir es un presente continuo, donde su situación lejos de mejorar, empeora.
Veinte relatos, cada uno correspondiente a una estación del año. Un lustro en total.

Marcovaldo se sa
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jeremy
Nov 22, 2007 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
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
Ahmed Mahdi
Sep 05, 2014 Ahmed Mahdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Meghan Fidler
Mar 30, 2013 Meghan Fidler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: venerated-brains
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
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Karlo Mikhail
Oct 19, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Marieke
Aug 29, 2010 Marieke rated it really liked it  ·  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
Christian Scala
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
Marc
Aug 05, 2012 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful simple booklet, without any pretentions but captivating. Twenty stories around the somewhat naive, romantic-dreamy Marcovaldo. He lives in an unspecified North Italian city and, above all, has an keen eye for nature. It looks like a children's book, with a strong tragi-comic accent, but there is also a solid social story in it, especially through the condition of poverty Marcovoldo and his family live in. Of course, the ecological theme makes it really modern.
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
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.
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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.” 5 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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