The Road to San Giovanni

The Road to San Giovanni

by Italo Calvino
     
 

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A major testament by an essential 20th century writer composed of five strikingly elegant "memory exercises" about his life and work—now available in paperback. With visionary passion, the author traces pieces of his childhood and adolescence, his experiences during WWII, and more. "Storytelling at its best."—Chicago Tribune. See more details below

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A major testament by an essential 20th century writer composed of five strikingly elegant "memory exercises" about his life and work—now available in paperback. With visionary passion, the author traces pieces of his childhood and adolescence, his experiences during WWII, and more. "Storytelling at its best."—Chicago Tribune.

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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:
9780679743484
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Vintage International
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.44(d)

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