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Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler.


If on a winter's night a traveler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books - October 20th, 1982

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.

 

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.


The Complete Cosmicomics Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translated by), Tim Parks (Translated by), Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544577879
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Published: Mariner Books - September 8th, 2015

“We were peering into this darkness, criss-crossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I’ve ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing.” — from The Complete Cosmicomics

Italo Calvino’s beloved cosmicomics cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow it down to t


The Baron in the Trees Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544959118
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Published: Mariner Books - October 3rd, 2017

A landmark new translation of a Calvino classic, a whimsical, spirited novel that imagines a life lived entirely on its own terms

Cosimo di Rondó, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life.


Difficult Loves Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translated by), Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544959125
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Published: Mariner Books - August 29th, 2017

Intricate interior lives are brilliantly explored in these short stories, now presented in one definitive collection as Calvino intended them

In Difficult Loves, Italy’s master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love—including self-love—are swept away in magical instants of recognition.


Italian Folktales Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156454896
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Published: Mariner Books - November 15th, 1992

One of the New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year: These traditional stories of Italy, retold by a literary master, are “a treasure” (Los Angeles Times).
 
Filled with kings and peasants, saints and ogres—as well as some quite extraordinary plants and animals—these two hundred tales bring to life Italy’s folkl


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The Written World and the Unwritten World: Essays Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146990
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Published: Mariner Books - February 1st, 2022

A collection of essays offering an extraordinary global view of Calvino's approach to writing, reading, and interpreting literature

Reading, writing, translating; the avant-garde and tradition; the fate of the novel: these are some of the themes of The Written World and the Unwritten World.


Marcovaldo: or the Seasons in the City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156572040
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Published: Mariner Books - November 16th, 1983

Marcovaldo is an unskilled worker in a drab industrial city in northern Italy. He is an irrepressible dreamer and an inveterate schemer. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams-but the results are never the expected ones. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book


The Nonexistent Knight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544959101
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Published: Mariner Books - August 15th, 2017

An empty suit of armor is the hero in this witty novella, a picaresque gem—now available in an independent volume for the first time—that brilliantly parodies medieval knighthood.

Set in the time of Charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming white suit of armor with nothing


Six Memos for the Next Millennium Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Geoffrey Brock (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146679
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Published: Mariner Books - August 2nd, 2016

“One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature.”—Boston Globe

“A brilliant, original approach to literature, a key to Calvino’s own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the world’s greatest writing.”—San Francisco Chronicle

The Cloven Viscount Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544960060
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Published: Mariner Books - August 15th, 2017

In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures

In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bisected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears.


Collection of Sand Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146464
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Published: Mariner Books - September 16th, 2014

“Just like every collection, this one is a diary as well: a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moods . . .


Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544152090
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Published: Mariner Books - August 4th, 2015

“The true theme of the nineteenth-century fantastic tale is the reality of what we see: to believe or not to believe in phantasmagoric apparitions, to glimpse another world, enchanted or infernal, behind everyday appearances.” — from Calvino’s introduction to Fantastic Tales
 
Vampires, ghosts, and other horrors abound in this collec


Why Read the Classics? Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146372
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Published: Mariner Books - December 16th, 2014

 “All that can be done is for each one of us to invent our own ideal library of our classics.” —from Why Read the Classics?
 
Classics, according to Italo Calvino, are not only works of enduring cultural value, but also something much more personal: talismans, touchstones, books through which we understand our world and ourselves.


Numbers in the Dark Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Tim Parks (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146426
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Published: Mariner Books - November 18th, 2014

“Everybody telephones everybody at every possible moment, and nobody can speak to anybody . . .


Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146693
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Published: Mariner Books - November 18th, 2014

“As for my books, I regret not having published each one under a different nom de plume: that way I would feel freer to start again from scratch each time, just as I always try to do anyway.” — from Hermit in Paris

This posthumously published collection offers a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era’s most inventive and mercur


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Last Comes the Raven: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146709
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Published: Mariner Books - June 15th, 2021

The first complete English-language edition of one of Calvino’s important early short story collections

Blending reality and illusion with elegance and precision, the stories in this collection—one of Calvino’s earliest—take place in a World War II–era and postwar Italy tinged with the visionary and fablelike qualities that would come


Into the War Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146389
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Published: Mariner Books - September 16th, 2014

“This book deals both with a transition from adolescence into youth and with a move from peace to war: as for very many other people, for the protagonist of this book ‘entry into life’ and ‘entry into war’ coincide.” — from the Author’s Note

These three stories, set during the summer of 1940, draw on Italo Calvino’s memories of


The Road to San Giovanni Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, Tim Parks (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544146525
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Published: Mariner Books - December 16th, 2014

“In each other’s presence we became mute, would walk in silence side by side along the road to San Giovanni.