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Italian Folktales
     

Italian Folktales

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by Italo Calvino, George Martin (Translator)
 

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Chosen by The New York Times as one of its best books in the year of its original publication, this treasure trove of 200 lively Italian folktales has won a cherished place among fans of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. In this collection, Calvino combines a sensibility attuned to the fantastical with a singular writerly ability to capture the visions

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Chosen by The New York Times as one of its best books in the year of its original publication, this treasure trove of 200 lively Italian folktales has won a cherished place among fans of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. In this collection, Calvino combines a sensibility attuned to the fantastical with a singular writerly ability to capture the visions and dreams of a culture.

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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:
9780394749099
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/12/1981
Series:
Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
763

Meet the Author


ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

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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!