The Watcher And Other Stories

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The three long stories in this volume show the range and virtuosity of Italy’s most imaginative writer. “Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us” (John Updike, New Yorker).Translated by William Weaver and Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Three long stories, including "Smog" written in 1958, anticipating a preoccupation with ...

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Overview

The three long stories in this volume show the range and virtuosity of Italy’s most imaginative writer. “Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us” (John Updike, New Yorker).Translated by William Weaver and Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Three long stories, including "Smog" written in 1958, anticipating a preoccupation with pollution that is raised to lunatic proportions.

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John Updike
Like Borgas and Garcia Marquez, Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us....Of the three, Calvino is the funniest, the most variously and benignly curious about the human truth as it comes embedded in its animal, vegetable, historical, and cosmic contest. -- The New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156949521
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1975
  • Series: HarBrace Paperbound Library
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 959,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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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  • Posted August 12, 2009

    The Watcher

    This collection of stories is eclectic, to say the least. They were good but a little over my head. Still, an interesting book to read and discuss.

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