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Eye opening trip to the United States in 1959 60 his move to Paris where he lived from 1967 to 1980 and his trip to his birthplace in Cuba where he met Che Guevara Some lengthy letters amount almost to critical essays while one is an appropriately brief defense of brevity and there is an even shorter reassuring note to his parents written on a scrap of paper while he and his brother were in hiding during the antifascist ResistanceThis is a book that will fascinate and delight Calvino fans and anyone else interested in a remarkable portrait of a great writer at work Library Journal. Now these are letters you want to read I ve always liked Calvino and now I like him even Growing up Calvino was one of those very few serious respected writers who seemed able to reach out beyond their expected readership he was a bridge with science fiction with the fantastic genre and so he led me to Borges and many othersHere we hear Calvino the writer but also the reader the theorist the thinker and the lover of books he writes of finally realising one of his dreams reading twelve hours a daySo these letters are not hastily written postcards about the weather nor are they very personal that in fact links up with my only criticism the book needed an introduction even a short one on Calvino himself to contextualise a bitNo those letters are mostly serious reading matter first drafted and then written up Several are a few pages long many are dense with ideas theories and references All display intelligence vivacity an open mind eager to discover new voices new ideas to experiment to knowThe notes are abundant and most often very much needed if you ve only got a sketchy idea of the Italian literary landscape some names I knew Morante Sciascia Pasolini Gadda etc most I d never heard of But it s not who he says something to that matters except for that beautiful gem of a note to Elsa Morante it s what he says and what he s trying to sayAs a Frenchman I would have liked to read on the Oulipo and his friendship with ueneau and the others but ok that s just meGreat letters in all which also make it very clear I ll have to re read Calvino his texts were obviously playing on many levels both narratively and conceptually and I don t think my 1618 year old self was uite able to see through all thatWill my current self be able to

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Italo Calvino

This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century Italy's most important postwar novelist Italo Calvino 1923 1985 achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics Invisible Cities and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler But he was also an influential literary critic an important literary editor and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco Primo Levi Gore Vidal Leonardo Sciascia Natalia Ginzburg Michelangelo Antonioni Pier Paolo Pasolini and Luciano Berio This book includes a gener. A lot of these letters deal either with the internal politics of the communist party or lengthy discussions of literary theory neither of which I found particularly interesting sadly

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Ous selection of about 650 letters written between World War II and the end of Calvino's life Selected and introduced by Michael Wood the letters are expertly rendered into English and annotated by well known Calvino translator Martin McLaughlinThe letters are filled with insights about Calvino's writing and that of others; about Italian American English and French literature; about literary criticism and literature in general; and about culture and politics The book also provides a kind of autobiography documenting Calvino's Communism and his resignation from the party in 1957 his. A useful guide to the arguments and politics that informed the bold clear lines of Calvino s prose If I m honest though I m mostly just envious of how blunt Calvino is with his contemporaries


10 thoughts on “Italo Calvino

  1. says:

    A lot of these letters deal either with the internal politics of the communist party or lengthy discussions of literary theory neither of which I found particularly interesting sadly

  2. says:

    Italo Calvino worked in publishing and most of this collection is concerned with Italian fiction by writers I'm unfamiliar with and with Ital

  3. says:

    I will confess right off the top that I didn't understand a great deal of this Calvino freuently went into very minute dissections and criticisms of texts articles from long extinct literary journals and books both obscure and out of print today and I had no idea what he was talking about Still I enjoyed this book very much because Calvino's unwavering commitment to literature shines through His early fanatical devotion to communism was so

  4. says:

    The bizarre thing about reading other people’s letters is you get to thinking that they’re writing letters to you Then you start developing some kind of strange celebrity obsession with those people maybe like an infatuation or maybe like True Love Not saying that happened to me or anything But with Italo Calvino Letters 1941 1985 it’s hard not to fall in love or fall in respect whatever with this magnificent write

  5. says:

    A useful guide to the arguments and politics that informed the bold clear lines of Calvino's prose If I'm honest though I'm mostly just envious of how blunt Calvino is with his contemporaries

  6. says:

    Italo Calvino's letters are great fun to read He had something to say about all the literary stars of the day and his some

  7. says:

    Now these are letters you want to read I've always liked Calvino and now I like him even Growing up Calvino was one of those very few serious respected writers who seemed able to reach out beyond their expected readership he was a bridge with science fiction with the fantastic genre and so he led me to Borges and many othersHere we hear Calvino the writer but also the reader the theorist the thinker and the

  8. says:

    My son and I share a love of Calvino's books and on a visit to the Seminary Co op in Chicago he bought me this collection of letters Reading this book is like sitting down with a big box of letters except there's no dust and if a dog knocks it off the table things don't get mixed up In this book you're the detective My impression i

  9. says:

    The 13 Best Biographies Memoirs and History Books of 2013Italo Calvino Letters 1941 1985 public library offers than four decades of wisdom in 600 pages of personal correspondence by one of the 20th century’s most enchanting writers and most beautiful minds In one letter written on July 27 1949 Calvino contributes one of his many insights on writingTo write well about the elegant world you have to know it and experie

  10. says:

    As the volume's introduction suggests Calvino's letters are markedly different from his fiction and essay writing They are very straightforward telling rather than showing A solid background in revolutionary movements of the 40s 60s will facili