Italian Folktales

Italian Folktales

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by Italo Calvino
     
 

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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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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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Charles McGrath
....[C]olloquial but never corny, plainspoken, economical, wry and flexible and sometimes stunningly lyrical. -- The New York Times Books of the Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156454896
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
324,293
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.83(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

ITALO CALVINO’s superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as “one of the world's best fabulists” (New York Times Book Review). He is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as essays, criticism, and literary anthologies. Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. At the time of his death, in Siena in 1985, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer.

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Italian Folktales 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Dorothy_L More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most astounding collections of folk tales ever, better, I would say, than the brothers Grimms'. The flavor of raw, hard peasant life comes through on every page, and very little imagination is needed to transport you back to 17th century taverns where story-tellers spellbound their listeners with these even more ancient stories of ogres, bandits, princes, witches, priests, kings and thieves. Some are ghost stories, meant to curdle the blood, while others are cheery tales of youngest daughters outwitting the bandits and marrying the prince that would charm any child. Some are witty, knowing tales of corrupt priests, or bandits competing with each other for title of best thief. They are all deeply moral, if sometimes heavy on the retribution and revenge. These are earthy, funny, tragic, witty tales which, best of all in my estimation, have not been "tidied up", censored for sex or violence, or otherwise bowdlerized. Whether for reading to children or out of academic anthropological interest, these cannot be beat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
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Morgan27 More than 1 year ago
Came to the house quickly in great condition. Interesting read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter's favorite book - she read it so many times it fell apart! I am getting a hardback copy replacment now!