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Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino
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Dec 29, 2015

bookshelves: italian-fiction, oulipo, italo-calvino
Read in May, 2010

I'm a serious, serious Calvino fanboy, but these stories, by and large, are some of his flabbier efforts. They lack both the sensuousness and the labyrinthine complexity of his best novels. That said, they're still better than most of the dreck being peddled at your nearest Barnes and Noble. And some of the "Stories of Love and Loneliness" really are Calvino at his best. "The Adventure of a Reader" and "The Adventure of a Photographer" are both stand-outs, ranking among some of the best of Calvino's short fiction.

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