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by ITALO CALVINO


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Other books by italo calvino. If on a winter's night a traveler. Marcovaldo, or, The seasons in the city.

Other books by italo calvino. Translation of: Marcovaldo, ovvero, Le stagioni in citta. A Helen and Kurt Wolff book.

The first in the series were written in the early 1950s and thus are set in a very poor Italy, the Italy of neo-realistic movies. The last stories date from the mid-60s, when the illusions of an economic boom flourished.

ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. There's no overarching storyline. You cycle through the seasons with Marcovaldo, with each season having its own tale. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Marcovaldo is an impoverished menial laborer whom you track through his various escapades to "lessen his burden and that of those around him" (as the back of the book cover says). All of these ultimately fail in simultaneously hilarious and saddening ways.

Книга жанра: Проза, Современная проза. Читать онлайн в библиотеке Booksonline. The first in the series were written in the early 1950s and thus are set in a very poor Italy, the Italy of neo-realistic movies. The wind, coming to the city from far away, brings it unusual gifts, noticed by only a few sensitive souls, such as hay-fever victims, who sneeze at the pollen from flowers of other lands

Author: Italo Calvino.

Marcovaldo or The Seasons in the City. Author: Italo Calvino. Marcovaldois an enchanting collection of stories, both melancholy and funny, about an Italian peasant’s struggle to reconcile country habits with urban life. The reader’s heart bleeds for Marcovaldo in his tenacious pursuit of lost domains, but the stories are full of mirth and fun.

Subtitled "Seasons in the City", this collection of 20 short stories is tied together by the protagonists and the setting . Italo Calvino is always fun to read

Subtitled "Seasons in the City", this collection of 20 short stories is tied together by the protagonists and the setting: Marcovaldo is a handyman (unskilled worker) in a big city, burdened by low pay, a querulous wife and six children. Italo Calvino is always fun to read. While Marcovaldo does not have the Borgesian or post-modern tropes of Invisible Cities or If on a winter's night a traveller, it is a heart-warming collection of brilliantly crafted stories, the pinnacle achievement being the lovable naivete and inventive imagination of the titular Italian, Marcovaldo.

Marcovaldo: Or, The Seasons in the City. Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing for the unspoiled rural world of his imagination.

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 ingenuousness than skill - to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.

Marcovaldo is a collection of 20 short stories written by Italo Calvino. It was initially published, in 1963, as Marcovaldo ovvero Le stagioni in città (Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the City). The first stories were written in the early 1950s. The book is made up of a collection of twenty stories, of which the first takes place in the spring, the second in summer, the third in the autumn and the fourth in the winter and so on, so that together they represent the yearly seasonal cycle five times


Comments: (7)

Vuzahn
This was an incredibly nice break after working my way through The Idiot (Everyman's Library). (about which I have still been unable to write) Calvino, as always, touches the innermost feelings that make all of us who we are. While we do follow the main character throughout the seasons and the years, this is still a collection of slice-of-life stories that really do not rely on the specific characters at all. I thought, briefly, that I would be able to follow the growth of Marcovaldo's eldest, Michelino, as he grew up throughout the stories, but that really wasn't something for which this book was striving. It just wants to put us in the center of an elegantly and thoroughly described Italy.

It was nearly fantasy... I felt like we followed Calvino (and ourselves) through the troubled life of adulthead beset by bills, sickness, and the search for food with the uninhibited joy of a child. Marcovaldo's family - even Marcovaldo himself - were simply props the author used to describe the world around him as it was and as he wished to see it. No permanent ills ever befall the family; in fact nothing solid really changes from story to story. We simply are gifted with the ability to see the city through someone else's eyes.

This was an escapist book. A delightful diversion that read incredibly quickly and really didn't require too much of me as a Reader. Everything was simply laid bare. It was easy, at times, to identify with Marcovaldo as an adult, ("Oh, if I could wake just once at the twitter of birds and not at the sound of the alarm and the crying of little Paolino and the yelling of my wife, Domitilla!") but this really felt more like an exercise in getting back in touch with the wonderment, joy, and excitement the world can bring to a child whose experiences do not yet encompass the normality and boredom of every day life. Aside from the story of the rabbit, for whom I wept silently, these stories just related the beauty of being alive, even in the harshest of times. I really couldn't put this down, not because there was any underlying plot pushing me forward but because I wanted to continue living life through the eyes of a child for just a little while longer. I wish it hadn't ended, but when it did, I was smiling.
Justie
Once more, Italo Calvino shows why he is the greatest fabulist of our times. The focal point of this piece is the character Macrovaldo, the unfortunate Everyman of these stories who although a city dweller extraordinaire constantly finds the bucolic in the city. Yet owing to the fascinating wit of the author, Macrovaldo is always unpleasantly surprised. One doesn't know who to feel more sorry for, the family of Macrovaldo or the man himself.

Structure around the seasons of the year in a five year cycle, this Pythagorean world is perfect for Calvino to test his theory of time and place while at the same time providing an oblique commentary on politics, cultural mores etc. in a pattern so familiar to those familiar with his work.

Whether he is breeding rabbits, hunting for mushrooms, fishing, the troubles of Macrovaldo always entertain and usually surprise the reader. The inevitable tension between the urban world and the Arcadian aspirations of Macrovaldo are typically Calvino's. It is curious to note how Calvino has surreptitiously influenced much of the more serious Italian film makers.
Skilkancar
A delightful collection of short stories about the eponymous Marcovaldo, a struggling blue collar worker in 20th century Italy. He's a kind of Everyman, struggling to get by in a world not made for dreamers. Easy to read in a few minutes here and there or fir a prolonged period. Definitely a difference between those that Calvino wrote pre & post WWII. (Post-WWII are much darker with touches of the grotesque or surreal.) Book arrived promptly from used book seller.
betelgeuze
Marcovaldo is a lovable character and this short story collection was fun and entertaining. I’m liking Italo Calvino more with every book of his that I read. Simple, sweet and delightful.
Xcorn
I have two (kind of three) other works by Italo Calvino sitting on my shelf but chose to start with this one, because it's the shortest one and I read it as a transition piece between two denser books. My experience of this book is probably marred by that mindset.

This is definitely something I'll reread in the future, and I can see myself upping the stars I've given it after a reread.

First off, Calvino's prose is beautiful. It's whimsical and then suddenly grounded, and always conjures a rich world and mood, with hints of magical realism.

There's no overarching storyline. You cycle through the seasons with Marcovaldo, with each season having its own tale. Marcovaldo is an impoverished menial laborer whom you track through his various escapades to "lessen his burden and that of those around him" (as the back of the book cover says). All of these ultimately fail in simultaneously hilarious and saddening ways. Calvino explores consequences of industrialism, nuances to family relationships (Marcovaldo's wife and children are featured in most of the stories), the helplessness of the individual (but without the depressing air such ponderings often bear), and the individual's perpetual attempt to find meaning and beauty.

My favorite is the season of the poisonous rabbit (one not-so-fair autumn). Marcovaldo and the rabbit are both characters who are acutely very universally human. The juxtaposition of dissapointment/despair and humor/hope here, while also quite characteristic of the other stories in the book, had the greatest impact on me.
Nikojas
Some of Calvino's more adventurous and thoughty books are, I'm sure, superior to the humble Marcovaldo. But the Calvino I love best is when he's writing straightforward stories - such as these or the ones he collected in Italian Folktales. I also love everything else I've read by Calvino - which is most of everything available in English - but Marcovaldo remains among my favorites. A simple and endearing series of tales about a hapless but lovable buffoon that really stay with me.
Dianaghma
A good book for intermediate Italian learner. Interesting stories, too
As described. Perfect for someone learning Italian like me!
MARCOVALDO: Or the Seasons in the City download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: ITALO CALVINO
ISBN: 0330285610
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: MACMILLAN EDUCATION AUSTRALIA PTY LTD; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (1985)
Pages: 121 pages