Marcovaldo, Or, The Seasons in the City

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983 - Fiction - 121 pages
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An unskilled worker in a drab northern Italian industrial city of the 1950s and 1960s, Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing to come a little closer to the unspoiled world of his imagining. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams, gives rein to his fantasies, tries-with more ingenuousness than skill-to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.

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User Review  - Joanna - Goodreads

A nice book to start the Italo Calvino experience! Marcovaldo's set of stories is fun and delightful on every season. My faves are: Mushrooms In The City (spring), Park-bench Vacation (summer), The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawn (ThatOneEnglishGradStudent) - Goodreads

3.5 stars I'm not quite sure how to categorize this book, as a novel or a collection of short stories, but I do feel confident in describing it as a good book. The way the book is structured around ... Read full review

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Italo Calvino 1923-1984 Novelist and short story writer Italo Calvino was born in Cuba on October 15, 1923, and grew up in Italy, graduating from the University of Turin in 1947. He is remembered for his distinctive style of fables. Much of his first work was political, including Il Sentiero dei Nidi di Ragno (The Path of the Nest Spiders, 1947), considered one of the main novels of neorealism. In the 1950s, Calvino began to explore fantasy and myth as extensions of realism. Il Visconte Dimezzato (The Cloven Knight, 1952), concerns a knight split in two in combat who continues to live on as two separates, one good and one bad, deprived of the link which made them a moral whole. In Il Barone Rampante (Baron in the Trees, 1957), a boy takes to the trees to avoid eating snail soup and lives an entire, fulfilled life without ever coming back down. Calvino was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1984 and died in 1985, following a cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer and a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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