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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 Italo Calvino worked in publishing and most of this collection is concerned with Italian fiction by writers I m unfamiliar with and with Italian publishing It s outside my experience so obscure I had trouble relating to it Except for a handful of letters to Gore Vidal for instance or to Elsa Morante they are to contacts unknown to me I d hoped they d be filled with insight into his own work A few are responding to a fan s comments or inuiry into his methods or intentions For the most part however these letters are to Italian friends or are about the Italian publishing business Identity 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 Italo Calvino worked in publishing and most of this collection is concerned with Italian fiction by writers I m unfamiliar with and with Italian publishing It s outside my experience so obscure I had trouble relating to it Except for a handful of letters to Gore Vidal for instance or to Elsa Morante they are to contacts unknown to me I d hoped they d be filled with insight into his own work A few are responding to a fan s comments or inuiry into his methods or intentions For the most part however these letters are to Italian friends or are about the Italian publishing business

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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 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 experience it to the depths of your being just as Proust Radiguet and Fitzgerald did what matters is not whether you love it or hate it but only to be uite clear about your position regarding it Mating Flight 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 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 experience it to the depths of your being just as Proust Radiguet and Fitzgerald did what matters is Road-map to the Indians Treasure not whether you love it or hate it but only to be uite clear about your position regarding it

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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 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 writer Italy s premier postmodern author and one of my personal favoritesRead the full review here Etapy zmiany w terapii uzależnień. Wybór i planowanie interwencji not to fall in love or fall in respect whatever with this magnificent writer Italy s premier postmodern author and one of my personal favoritesRead the full review here


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

  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 Italian publishing It's outside my experience so obscure I had trouble relating to it Except for a handful of letters to Gore Vidal for instance or to Elsa Morante they are to contacts unknown to me I'd hoped they'd be filled with insight into his own work A few are responding to a f

  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 lik

  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 sometimes ascerbic comments are always illuminating He discusses his own works often in much detail but at least in this selection of letters just a few of his works Invisible Knight Cloven Vis

  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 lover of boo

  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

  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

  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 movem

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