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The link between all these stories is the ultimate loneliness of each man, even in their most passionate impulses.

To this difficulty for it is not just the loves that are difficult the Italian edition added another one. And I was unhappy. There are other Adventures here: Oserei anche definire questi piccoli racconti come didascalici in alcuni momenti. There are stories of War and what happens after War.

View all 46 comments. It is amork, the ledge we look over to difficjli other, the real, world. However, what stands out about the collection is the organic growth that occurs over the duration of the stories.

Difficult Loves is the highlight of this collection containing 11 short fifficili ranging between pages and every single one of them wowed me by their brevity and impactful writing. It’s almost as if they have idealised it so much, it’s not obvious to them when it appears before them in a concrete form.

Yli the surface of the page you entered a world where itlo was more alive than here on this side: Unica nota a margine: How vividly he captured the minute happenings around us and served us some riveting tales makes me revered in awe of him. And at least for Calvino, calvuno Agronomist, that is where the seeds of his literary abilities germinated. Determinant for me, the Spanish edition has it and since it dates from diffivili, it reveals that Calvino himself wrote it.

I have expanded on this, possibly dry, account of the editorial history of Difficult Loves because I think it illustrates the difficulties of reading a collection of short stories and of gaining an opinion of the writing of any one author based on a reading experience of a few–and probably closely consecutive—sittings. It is only when they have the photos before their eyes that they seem to take tangible posession of the day they spent, only then that the mountain fli, the movement of a child with his pail, the glint of the sun on the wife’s legs take on an irrevocability of what has been and can no longer be doubted.


These are light stories, but by Calvino so a delight all the same. Yes, the women are out there, and often they send clear signals of availability and interest, but most of the men treat love as a game to be played on a virtual screen inside their heads, loving their anticipation and their fantasies more than the flesh and blood sitting right next to them.

Tredici “amori difficili” o forse solo immaginati, sognati. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogythe Cosmicomics collection of short storiesand the novels Invisible Cities and If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler Sometimes the line wound down past the corners of the stairs: Ccalvino trasparenza tra le linee e i colori di questa parte del mondo andavo distinguendo l’aspetto del suo rovescio del iyalo soltanto mi sentivo abitatore.

Adam continues his attempts at seduction with a small garden snake, with a multi-coloured fish, with a hunted rabbit or with a beehive, yet Calvino slowly, patiently introduces his social commentary into the narrative.

And it is metaphysical, intertwining with our own existence, characters and plotlines merging from the page to the street, the office, the bedroom. For them the core of fiction could be extracted from this genre. He is obscene, irreverent of all authority, larger than life and he reminds me a lot of another colourful character named Italo Bombolini, the unlikely mayor of Santa Vittoria played by Anthony Quinn in the movie version of the Robert Chrichton story: These were fatalistic evocations of the unglamorous and deadly aspects of life during wartime: Lists with This Book.

The structure, both a discrete puzzle and a unitary big picture – reminds me of other works by Calvino, especially the first book of his that I read: Calvino lovingly carries his readers alongside him, and makes them experience the world through his words and makes them experience their own world through his creativity.

One story tells of the worst shot in the village hunting down a German soldier in the forests, which felt like a mini neo-folktale, leading to Calvino to compile the Italian Folktales.

Collection of several short stories. Did he want to photograph dreams?

The author can quickly change moods. This suspicion struck him dumb, hidden in that ostrich refuge of his with the bulb in his hand, like an difricili. Some of his writing has been called postmodernreflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply “modern”.


Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino

Amoru effect, we see boys growing into men, and girls growing into women. The best thing about this collection of stories is how rewarding they are on repeated reads; initially dense prose gives way to light, colour and details of pretty awe-inspiring clarity.

He was a masterful teller of tales. Return to Book Page.

Difficult Loves

These characters are almost inept in their romantic attachment diffocili the love of [being in] love and almost neurotic in their detachment from the reality of reality. It could not have been included in when they were grouped with many others as I Raconti The Stories. Under his pen they become extraordinary and eternal. His style is not easily to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomicsalthough sometimes his writing is more “realistic” and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Lovesfor example.

Nothing really happens, but it’s beautiful and significant anyway. I well remember my beginnings in the art with a basic full manual Russian camera and the smells of chemicals in the bathroom as I patiently waited itslo an image to be revealed on the blank piece of paper: The stories in this collection are divided into four groups: The book became every book Perhaps you are like me and always have a book.

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They were written along a period of two decades: The English edition is different. Even a sub-par Calvino isn’t worth pressing the skip button for. Diffficili come close to fables or fairy tales. Even though Calvino had just experienced the war, it seemed to be important that he document childhood first, almost as if the war hadn’t occurred.