The Road to San Giovanni

The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino
     
 

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Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."See more details below

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Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino’s reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In five elegant ``memory exercises'' written between 1962 and 1977, Italian fiction writer Calvino (1923-85) presents an affecting self-portrait and offers indirect insights into how he conjured up his imaginary worlds. He writes of his difficult relationship with his father, a farmer and horticulturist whose passion for studying and acclimatizing exotic plants filled the future writer with an investigative spirit. Calvino ( The Baron in the Trees ) also recalls his adolescent movie mania, when watching the silver screen ``satisfied a need . . . for the projection of my attention into a different space.'' His graphic account of fighting fascists during WW II becomes a meditation on the role played by imagination in human memory. One essay is an informal structuralist analysis of living in a house in a Parisian suburb. This sparkling translation concludes with Calvino's lyric, metaphorical, highly elliptical description of his creative process. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"Calvino possesses the power of seeing into the deepest recesses of human minds and then bringing their dreams to life."--Salman Rushdie.

"Storytelling at its best."--Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544146525
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/16/2014
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
378,336
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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