Search Results: "Italo Svevo"


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 >

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EMILIO’S CARNIVAL by Italo Svevo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Emilio's farcical psychic unraveling and gradual surrender to 'senility'—at the age of 35—are painstakingly evolved in a little-known landmark psychological novel."
A new translation of the late (1861-1923) Italian modernist's second (1898) novel (also known as A Man Grows Older), a grimly comic study of indecision and ennui that pointed the way to Svevo's later masterpiece, Zeno's Conscience (see below). Read full book review >

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THE NON-EXISTENT KNIGHT and THE CLOVEN VISCOUNT by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1962

"Both are interesting, but lack the basic pity and terror implicit in the most moving kinds of allegory."
These are two new fantasies by the author of The Baron in the Trees (1959) and the first is a little too thin and airy, like its protagonist- Agilulf- a knight who is armour only. Read full book review >

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THE BARON IN THE TREES by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1959

"A book for very special tastes."
A marvelous, bizarre, witty, and free-swinging fantasy concerning Cosimo, the eldest son of a noble family, who, in a moment of rebellion, vows to live out his life up in the trees-and does so. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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FANTASTIC TALES by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Other omissions are equally puzzling, making this an entertaining selection, though hardly a comprehensive or authoritative one."
An attractive compendium of 26 American and European 19th-century tales that was originally published in Italy in 1983, shortly before Caivino's death. Read full book review >

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NUMBERS IN THE DARK by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 1995

"Middling Calvino but, for all that, a welcome gift we would not willingly have done without."
A fascinating, frustrating posthumous collection of short tales (previously unavailable in English) from the great Italian writer (1923-85), assembled and introduced by his widow, Esther Calvino, and vigorously translated by English novelist and Italophile Parks. Read full book review >

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IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER by Italo Calvino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1981

"But it pulls out straight thereafter—and in all this is a delightful, never too-coy book (yet very Italian and mischievously gestural), a dandy trick done with mirrors that are all but smudgeless."
A romp—a grand Calvino-style romp, complete with a fun-house tilt, a high-gloss (but consistently good-humored) elegance, and a big, telescoping, central conceit. Read full book review >

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ITALIAN FOLKTALES by Italo Calvino
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 1980

"A comprehensive and representative assemblage, then, for those with a specialized interest, but not on a par with the old Borzoi or ongoing Pantheon national collections for out-and-out pleasure."
Though folktales made their literary debut in Italy a century before Perrault appeared in France, the country produced no Brothers Grimm—no master-compiler of popular tales as told. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO SAN GIOVANNI by Italo Calvino
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"For the title piece and the one on Fellini, indispensable; the rest isn't memorable."
Precious little unpublished Calvino (1923-85) remains, and this is some: five slender pieces. Read full book review >