"Marcovaldo" is an enchanting collection of twenty stories that are both melancholy and funny, farce and fantasy. Calvino charts the struggles of an Italian peasant to reconcile country habits with urban life, combining comical disasters with a surrealistic view of city life through the eyes of an outsider. As always with Calvino, nothing is quite as it seems.
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An unskilled worker in a drab northern Italian industrial city of the 1950s and 1960s, Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing to come a little closer to the unspoiled world of his imagining. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams, gives rein to his fantasies, tries-with more ingenuousness than skill-to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.About the Author:
Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923. He grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985
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Descrizione libro MINERVA, 1993. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Good. No Jacket. Book Condition: Good. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Used copy, pages slightly yellow, otherwise a nice clean tight solid paperback. 192 pages. Codice libro della libreria 66354
Descrizione libro Minerva, London, 1993. Pictorial Wraps. Condizione libro: Very Good. Reprint. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Former owner's neat ink initials to first page, very mild handling wear, otherwise a nice clean tight solid softcover copy. 121pp. SB-62. Size: 19.5 x 12.5cm. Codice libro della libreria 004572