Books by William Weaver

BAUDOLINO by Umberto Eco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"A little learning, reputedly a dangerous thing, can be lethal when allowed to overpower a story as relentlessly as it does in Baudolino."
An adventurer who boasts of his proficiency as a liar unburdens his colorful history to a skeptical Greek historian during the siege of Constantinople in a.d. 1204: in this erudite and intermittently sluggish fourth novel from the philosopher-semiotician author (Foucault's Pendulum, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
ZENO’S CONSCIENCE by Italo Svevo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2001

"A revolutionary book, and arguably (in fact, probably) the finest of all Italian novels."
A gritty English version by Italophile Weaver (Open City: Seven Writers and Rome, 1999, etc.) resurrects one of the indispensable 20th-century novels: the work of a prosperous businessman (whose real name was Ettore Schmitz), it's a majestically ironic in-depth portrayal, in his own reluctant words, of its eponymous protagonist's ruefully unromantic struggles with his domineering father, then the querulous family into which he marries, as well as the ignoble ravages of adultery and aging, psychoanalysis and tobacco addiction. Read full book review >
THE PUCCINI COMPANION by William Weaver
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Lovers of Puccini and Italian opera at every level of interest and knowledge will want this book. (Photographs—not seen)"
 Puccini wins the prize for most-maligned great composer. Read full book review >
UNDER THE JAGUAR SUN by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1988

"Not major Calvino in any way."
At his death, Calvino had completed three of a projected five stories concerning the senses, one to each. Read full book review >
MR. PALOMAR by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 1985

"Luminous, knowing, lovely literature."
The most philosophical of Calvino's works, a set of semi-comic meditations upon infinity undertaken by a nobody/Everyman named Mr. Palomar—who, as his name suggests, would like to be the clearest, adroitest, purest non-participatory observer. . .yet, since he's a man, not a telescope, can't quite pull it off. Read full book review >
MARCOVALDO by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 1983

"Rich with implications about the social milieu, yet far more insistent on fable-like charm than any message: a gentle, small early-Calvino treat, shrewdly translated and agreeably packaged."
In their first English translation and US publication: 20 short sketches written in the early 1950s and mid-1960s, all featuring the hapless aspirations of Marcovaldo, a father, husband, and unskilled laborer in a northern Italian city. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE OF CROSSED DESTINIES by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1976

"But this is by no means a pretty picture book: the narrative is lean and clear and an unusual delight."
Italo Calvino is always a surprise, and this slim volume of involuted stories absorbs a medieval sense of superstition and astonishment into its bones. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE CITIES by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"Their communication still represents a leap of faith equal surely to any jump God-ward; only this time it is a social faith in the continued correspondence of our private universes and the prospect of enduring community."
These cities are apparitions — an architecture of pure quality — and they are a triumph of comprehension in a post-modern world. Read full book review >
THE WATCHER AND OTHER STORIES by William Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1970

"An amusing, lightly sardonic, barbed assault on self-perpetuating, self-sustaining establistments built by men but now attaining the untouchable elevation of a divine law."
Calvino's serio-comic galactic overview (Cosmicomics — 1968) descends, in these three long stories; to an erratic exploration of human institutions and the priorities of allegiances, which, with a tilt or two, produce some unusual results. Read full book review >
COSMICOMICS by William Weaver
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1968

"MPSLUGetc etc. For science fiction devotees, in any case, clearly the most sophisticated item yet from that genre."
Metaphysical conceits are a thing of the past. Read full book review >