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Italo Calvino joined the Italian Resistance in 1943, and his experiences as a partisan during the final years of World War II helped shape the ideas he would use for his first novel, written four years later at the age of twenty-four. Set in Italy during the war, The Path to the Spiders' Nests is a coming-of-age tale about Pin, an orphaned apprentice who spends his days hanging out at the bar frequented by his prostitute sister. After stealing a pistol from one of his sister's Nazi clientele, the young and alienated Pin endures the ire and indignation of the older boys whose approval he desperately seeks, while he, like Calvino himself, becomes a member of the partisan resistance. Full of humor and simplicity, not quite as fantastical as the Italian master's later books, the story reflects the ardency of youth and the tumults of war.
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Italo Calvino was only twenty-three when he first published this bold and imaginative novel. It tells the story of Pin, a cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast during World War II. He lives with his sister, a prostitute, and spends as much time as he can at a seedy bar where he amuses the adult patrons. After a mishap with a Nazi soldier, Pin becomes involved with a band of partisans. Calvino's portrayal of these characters, seen through the eyes of a child, is not only a revealing commentary on the Italian resistance but an insightful coming-of-age story. Updated to includeny him less and less.

He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet—a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of truth.

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"As [Calvino's contemporaries) continue to look for the place where the spiders make their nests, Calvino has not only found that special place but learned how himself to make fantastic webs of prose to which all things adhere." Gore Vidal, New York Review of Books

About the Author

Italo Calvino (1923-1985) was born in Cuba and grew up in San Remo, Italy. He began as an essayist and a journalist but is best known for his fiction, including Invisible Cities, If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, Marcovaldo, and Mr. Palomar.

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lukas, February 6, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
If you're used to the more famous novels of Italian po-mo fabulist Italo Calvino ("If on a Winter's Night A Traveler," "Invisible Cities"), his debut novel will be a little surprising. A short, mostly straightforward, realistic tale of a cynical partisan in World War II, it has little of the playfulness and self-awareness of his later novels, but it is interesting to see where he started.
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ISBN:
9780060956585
Other:
Calvino, Italo
Other:
McLaughlin, M. L.
Author:
Calvino, Italo
Author:
by Italo Calvino
Author:
Yamada Nanpei
Author:
Colquhoun, Archibald
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Italy.
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.95x5.21x.45 in. .37 lbs.

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Italo Calvino joined the Italian Resistance in 1943, and his experiences as a partisan during the final years of World War II helped shape the ideas he would use for his first novel, written four years later at the age of twenty-four. Set in Italy during the war, The Path to the Spiders' Nests is a coming-of-age tale about Pin, an orphaned apprentice who spends his days hanging out at the bar frequented by his prostitute sister. After stealing a pistol from one of his sister's Nazi clientele, the young and alienated Pin endures the ire and indignation of the older boys whose approval he desperately seeks, while he, like Calvino himself, becomes a member of the partisan resistance. Full of humor and simplicity, not quite as fantastical as the Italian master's later books, the story reflects the ardency of youth and the tumults of war.

"Review" by , "As [Calvino's contemporaries) continue to look for the place where the spiders make their nests, Calvino has not only found that special place but learned how himself to make fantastic webs of prose to which all things adhere."
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