The Castle of Crossed Destinies

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1979 - Fiction - 129 pages
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A series of short, fantastic narratives inspired by fifteenth-century tarot cards and their archetypical images. Full-color and black-and-white reproductions of tarot cards. Translated by William Weaver.A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
 

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The Castle of Crossed Destinies opens with an evocation of Dante's Inferno — the narrator is lost in a dark wood — but then it shifts to an evocation of The Canterbury Tales — various travelers ... Read full review

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"I publish this book to be free of it: it has obsessed me for years." Wisely, Calvino states this in the "Note" at the end of The Castle of Crossed Destinies". I imagine many readers who happen about ... Read full review

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Contents

The Castle
3
The Tale of the Doomed Bride
21
The Tale of Astolpho on the Moon
35
The Tavern
51
The Tale of the Forests Revenge
65
The Tale of the Vampires Kingdom
79
Also Try to Tell My Tale
99
Three Tales of Madness and Destruction
113
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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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