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Literary Fiction

The Baron in the Trees (Vintage Classics Hardbacks)


(511 reviews)

'I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends' Salman Rushdie From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia... See More

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The Complete Cosmicomics (Penguin Modern Classics)


(541 reviews)

Italo Calvino's enchanting stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures, The Complete Cosmicomics is translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim... See More

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Historical Fiction

Invisible Cities (Vintage Classics)


(2,177 reviews)

Fifty-five fictional cities, each described in beautiful detail - each with a woman's name... In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it... See More

£5.99 Price verified 18 hours ago
Essays & Correspondence

Collection of Sand: Essays (Penguin Modern Classics)


(59 reviews)

Italo Calvino in Collection of Sand claimed that 'the brain begins in the eye'. The essays collected here display his fascination with the visual universe, in which the things we see tell a truth about the world. With... See More

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Short Stories

Mr Palomar (Vintage Classics)


(178 reviews)

Mr Palomar is a delightful eccentric whose chief activity is looking at things. He is seeking knowledge; 'it is only after you have come to know the surface of things that you can venture to seek what is underneath'. Whether... See More

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The Castle Of Crossed Destinies (Vintage Classics)


(136 reviews)

A group of travellers chance to meet, first in a castle, then a tavern. Their powers of speech are magically taken from them and instead they have only tarot cards with which to tell their stories. What follows is an... See More

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Historical Fiction

Our Ancestors


(73 reviews)

Viscount Medardo is bisected by a Turkish cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; Baron Cosimo, at the age of twelve, retires to the trees for the rest of his days; Charlemagne's knight, Agiluf, is an empty suit of armour... See More

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Numbers in the Dark (Penguin Modern Classics)


(39 reviews)

Numbers in the Dark is a collection of short stories covering the length of Italo Calvino's extraordinary writing career, from when he was a teenager to shortly before his death. They include witty allegories and wise... See More

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History & Criticism

Why Read the Classics? (Penguin Modern Classics)


(77 reviews)

Why Read the Classics? is an elegant defence of the value of great literature by one of the finest authors of the last century. Beginning with an essay on the attributes that define a classic (number one - classics are those... See More

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World Literature

Letters 1941-1985 (Penguin Modern Classics)


(23 reviews)

The extraordinary letters of Italo Calvino, one of the great writers of the twentieth century, translated into English for the first time by Martin McLaughlin, with an introduction by Michael Wood. Italo Calvino, novelist... See More

£9.99 Price verified 12 hours ago

Adam, One Afternoon (Vintage Classics)


(16 reviews)

An acclaimed collection of enchanting, comic and clever tales from the Italian master This collection of playful, deadly febles is populated with waifs and strays, a gluttonous thief and a mischievous gardener. The grimly... See More

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Short Stories

Into the War (Penguin Modern Classics)


(23 reviews)

Set in Italy in the summer of 1940, this trio of stories explores the relationships between the different generations caught up in the war as well as Calvino's own experiences as a teenager. In the title story, 'Into the... See More

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Mythology & Folk Tales

Italian Folktales (Penguin Modern Classics)


(66 reviews)

Meticulously selected and artfully recreated, the selection of stories in Italian is vast and ranges geographically from Corsica and Sicily to Venice and the Alps. Calvino is himself clearly captivated by the folkloric... See More

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Essays & Correspondence

Hermit in Paris (Penguin Modern Classics)


(9 reviews)

Italo Calvino once said that he preferred to give false details about his biography since he felt that even the genuine data of a writer's life shed no light on the creative work. But this volume of posthumously collected... See More

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World Literature

The Literature Machine: Essays (Vintage Classics)


(6 reviews)

'This brilliant collection of essays should be a feast for his admirers, as well as for those who approach his dazzling oeuvre for the first time-Calvino is not only constantly and supremely intelligent; he is constantly and... See More

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Under the Jaguar Sun (Penguin Modern Classics)


(44 reviews)

A couple on an epicurean journey across Mexico are excited by the idea of a particular ingredient, suggested by ancient rituals of human sacrifice. Precariously balanced on his throne, a king is able only to listen to the... See More

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The Queen's Necklace (Penguin Modern Classics)


(3 reviews)

'The inspector ordered that the bird be searched.One of the agents stalled saying it made him feel sick, and after some fierce pecking another withdrew sucking a bleeding finger.' In these two stories from an inventive... See More

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Short Stories

Difficult Loves and Other Stories


(19 reviews)

A spectacular display of this key European writer's early work This dazzling collection of stories follows the individual adventures of a varied cast of characters and masterfully illustrates Calvino's unique perspective... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

The Road to San Giovanni (Penguin Modern Classics)


(13 reviews)

In five elegant autobiographical meditations Calvino delves into his past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the... See More

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Literary Fiction

The Distance of the Moon (Penguin Modern)


(147 reviews)

'Time is a catastrophe, perpetual and irreversible.' Science and fiction interweave delightfully in these playful Cosmicomic short stories. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic... See More

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Last Comes the Raven


(12 reviews)

The first complete English-language edition of Calvino's early short story collection. These early short stories brim with the beauty of the Italian countryside and seaside, telling tales both sumptuous and unnerving... See More

£4.99 Price verified one day ago
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