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Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City

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ISBN13: 9780156572040
ISBN10: 0156572044
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While not as well known as If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, or Cosmicomics, Marcovaldo equally exemplifies the peerless brilliance of Italo Calvino's creativity. The tale of Marcovaldo, a hapless laborer living with his family in an Italian city, unfolds over the course of 20 short stories and is set cyclically within the inexorable rhythm of the passing seasons. Marcovaldo's insatiable imagination and affinity for the simple intrigue of everyday existence proves to be more a bane than a boon, not only in his daily meanderings, but also in the lives of all those he comes in contact with. Told with charming sincerity, compassionate humor, and quiet beauty, Calvino deftly employs his gifts as a storyteller to both delight the reader and delineate some of the oft-overlooked elements of modern urban living: nature, pollution, hardship, semblance, distraction, relationship, and simplicity.
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An unskilled worker in a drab northern Italian industrial city of the 1950s and 1960s, Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing to come a little closer to the unspoiled world of his imagining. Much to the puzzlement of his wife, his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams, gives rein to his fantasies, tries — with more ingenuousness than skill — to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.

Review:

"During the last quarter century Italo Calvino has advanced far beyond his American and English contemporaries. As they continue to look for the place where the spiders make their nest, Calvino has not only found that special place, but learned how himself to make that special web of prose to which all things adhere." Gore Vidal

Synopsis:

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

About the Author

Italo Calvino's superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as "one of the world's best fabulists" (John Gardner, New York Times Book Review). Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. He died in Sienna at the age of sixty-one.

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manwith7talents, July 31, 2009 (view all comments by manwith7talents)
Like Calvino's other hero Mr. Palomar, Marcovaldo tries to see the world in unusual ways, and fails, but fails in interesting ways. Trapped in a drab life of poverty, he seeks the solace of nature in the city, while scheming for his own improvement. His continual setbacks only reinforce his desire to try again. Calvino resembles his characters in that he isn't always successful, but his failures are always instructive. My favorite writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156572040
Author:
Calvino, Italo
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
Weaver, William
Author:
Weaver, William
Location:
San Diego, CA :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
City and town life -- Italy -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
City and town life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Italy Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Helen and Kurt Wolff Books
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
19831131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.3 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

While not as well known as If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, or Cosmicomics, Marcovaldo equally exemplifies the peerless brilliance of Italo Calvino's creativity. The tale of Marcovaldo, a hapless laborer living with his family in an Italian city, unfolds over the course of 20 short stories and is set cyclically within the inexorable rhythm of the passing seasons. Marcovaldo's insatiable imagination and affinity for the simple intrigue of everyday existence proves to be more a bane than a boon, not only in his daily meanderings, but also in the lives of all those he comes in contact with. Told with charming sincerity, compassionate humor, and quiet beauty, Calvino deftly employs his gifts as a storyteller to both delight the reader and delineate some of the oft-overlooked elements of modern urban living: nature, pollution, hardship, semblance, distraction, relationship, and simplicity.

"Review" by , "During the last quarter century Italo Calvino has advanced far beyond his American and English contemporaries. As they continue to look for the place where the spiders make their nest, Calvino has not only found that special place, but learned how himself to make that special web of prose to which all things adhere."
"Synopsis" by ,
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

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