Italo Calvino (Writers of Italy Series)

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9780748607358: Italo Calvino (Writers of Italy Series)

This is the first study in English of Italo Calvino's complete works. McLaughlin's access to unpublished material enables him to chart Calvino's evolution from (neo)realist to postmodernist and explore his intertextual links with major writers such as Conrad, Stevenson, Hemingway and Borges.

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About the Author:

Martin McLaughlin is lecturer in Italian and fellow of Christ Church College, Oxford.

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A powerful tool for readers of Calvino at all levels (it has certainly enhanced the quality of discussion at undergraduate level in the two years since its publication) but it is indispensable to those who are interested in literature as an intellectual catalyst within a culture. Both as a study of the mechanisms of an author's creativity (see, for example, the enticing web of associations generated by the Prefazione to Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno, itself a reflection on the representation of personal and collective experience) and as a study of contemporary aesthetics, this volume shows McLaughlin to be not just well-versed in facts but a stimulating interlocutor with Calvino. McLaughlin's book is currently the best and most complete [introductory study] in the field. It will be a vital reference work for students approaching Calvino and its wealth of information will also be invaluable for teachers and lecturers. A powerful tool for readers of Calvino at all levels (it has certainly enhanced the quality of discussion at undergraduate level in the two years since its publication) but it is indispensable to those who are interested in literature as an intellectual catalyst within a culture. Both as a study of the mechanisms of an author's creativity (see, for example, the enticing web of associations generated by the Prefazione to Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno, itself a reflection on the representation of personal and collective experience) and as a study of contemporary aesthetics, this volume shows McLaughlin to be not just well-versed in facts but a stimulating interlocutor with Calvino. McLaughlin's book is currently the best and most complete [introductory study] in the field. It will be a vital reference work for students approaching Calvino and its wealth of information will also be invaluable for teachers and lecturers.

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