A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.
Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.
Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he
is writing down what you have always known, except that you've
never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately
you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no
finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns,
while the world ends -- Salman Rushdie
Breathtakingly inventive -- David Mitchell
The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists * The Times *
Calvino is a wizard * New York Review of Books *