Books by Italo Calvino

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Italo Calvino (15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979). (Wikipedia)

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The Nonexistent Knight
by Italo Calvino
An empty suit of armor is the hero in this witty novella, a picaresque gem—now available in an independent volume for the first time—that brilliantly parodies medieval knighthood. Set in the time of Charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming...
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Categories: All Fantasy; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
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by Italo Calvino
A collection of stories about time, space, and the evolution of the universe in which the author blends mathematics with poetic imagination. “Calvino does what very few writers can do: he describes imaginary worlds with the most extraordinary precision and beauty” (Gore Vidal, New York Review of Books). Translated by William Weaver....
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Mr. Palomar (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books)
by Italo Calvino
Mr. Palomar, whose name purposely evokes that of the famous telescope, is a seeker after knowledge, a visionary in a world sublime and ridiculous. Whether contemplating a cheese, a woman’s breasts, or a gorilla’s behavior, he brings us a vision of a world familiar by consensus, fragmented by the burden of individual perception....
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Collection of Sand
by Italo Calvino
“Just like every collection, this one is a diary as well: a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moods . . . The fascination of a collection lies just as much in what it reveals as in what it conceals of the secret urge that led to its creation.” — from Collection of Sand Italo Calvino’s...
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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings (Vintage International)
by Italo Calvino
From one of modern literature’s most captivating and elusive masters comes a posthumous volume of thoughtful, elegant, and quick-witted autobiographical writings, all previously unpublished in English. Here is Italo Calvino paying homage to his literary influences and tracing the evolution of his signature style. Here are his...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
Invisible Cities
by Italo Calvino
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from  Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler....
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If on a winter's night a traveler
by Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.   If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Complete Cosmicomics
by Italo Calvino
“We were peering into this darkness, criss-crossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I’ve ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing.” — from  The Complete Cosmicomics Italo Calvino’s beloved cosmicomics cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow...
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Categories: All Science Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Italian Folktales
by Italo Calvino
Chosen as one of the New York Times’s ten best books in the year of its original publication, this collection immediately won a cherished place among lovers of the tale and vaulted Calvino into the ranks of the great folklorists. Introduction by the Author; illustrations. Translated by George Martin. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Categories: All Fantasy; All Nonfiction; Social Sciences
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
by Italo Calvino
“One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature.”— Boston Globe “A brilliant, original approach to literature, a key to Calvino’s own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the world’s greatest writing.”— San Francisco...
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Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985
by 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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
Under the Jaguar Sun
by Italo Calvino
“The thought . . . called up the flavors of an elaborate and bold cuisine, bent on making the flavors’ highest notes vibrate, juxtaposing them in modulations, in chords, and especially in dissonances that would assert themselves as an incomparable experience.” — From Under the Jaguar Sun   These intoxicating stories delve...
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica; Contemporary Fiction
Marcovaldo: or the Seasons in the City (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books)
by Italo Calvino
Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irrepressible dreamer and an inveterate schemer. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams-but the results are never the expected ones. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction
Numbers in the Dark: And Other Stories (Vintage International)
by Italo Calvino
For the first time in paperback--a volume of thirty-seven diabolically inventive stories, fables, and "impossible interviews" from one of the great fantasists of the 20th century, displaying the full breadth of his vision and wit.  Written between 1943 and 1984 and masterfully translated by Tim Parks, the fictions in Numbers in the...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
Difficult Loves
by Italo Calvino
Intricate interior lives are brilliantly explored in these short stories, now presented in one definitive collection as Calvino intended them In Difficult Loves , Italy’s master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love—including self-love—are swept away in magical instants of recognition....
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Categories: Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Italian Folktales
by Italo Calvino
Beautifully designed and carefully proofed for digital publication, this edition includes: • 18 unique illustrations which are relevant to its content; • Table of Contents with Quick Navigation. Italian Folktales (Fiabe Italiane) is a collection of 53 Italian folktales published in 1956 by Italo Calvino. Calvino began to undertake...
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Categories: All Children's Lit
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