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They come back happy as hunters with bulging game bags; they spend days waiting, with sweet anxiety, to see the developed pictures anxiety to which some add the subtle pleasure of alchemistic manipulations in the darkroom, forbidding any intrusion by members of the family, relishing the acid smell that is harsh to the nostrils.

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Sometimes the line wound down past the corners of the stairs: He talks in third person of the influences that shaped his writing and his career. Particolarmente belle, per me, le avventure del lettore e del miope. The story behind itako proper thirteen Difficult Loves also has its own suspense.

Dec 20, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Calvino blurs the dividing line between the words written on paper and the reality of sight and touch and smell, with hilarious results that nevertheless touch on fundamental issues of the ddifficili we relate to the world: Books by Italo Calvino. The minute you start saying difficjli, ‘Ah, how beautiful! These stories are equally subtle, but more moralistic. Boys and men grow up, and encounter life and death challenges, including the evil that men more so than women do to each other.

Coming out of her house, early, he felt the air and the colors of the spring morning open before him, cool and bracing and new, and it was as if he were walking to the sound of music. Antonino is a bachelor surrounded by married friends with children, grumpily accepting to be the button pusher for family portraits, while considering himself above such trivial pursuits: People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel.


Calvino to the power of four: Arguably, some of the best were saved until last, ‘Stories of Love and Loneliness’ written in the fifties, sees Calvino slowly began to break from realism for the richer depths of philosophy, myth and fantasy.

Wearing the mask of conventional roles he is subverting even his Modernist experiments. The short story is almost an essay on the function of memory and of the nature of love as a figment of the imagination. When they find it, they don’t recognise it immediately. Not that he didn’t like action: Sono quadri fatti di pennellate sapienti, dosate: They were then unified by their shared part of their individual titles. The best is yet to come in the present volume, but in order to get there, the reader needs to pass through the dire years of post-war shortages and social unrest.

We seem to make love difficult for our selves and others. These are personal, political, ideological, philosophical and literary. An immensely gifted writer, Calvino displayed his genius in this collection by plucking the ignored or trivial fragments of moments we experience at one point or another in our lives and weaved them together to present these gems of short stories.

Lists with This Book. It so happened that Enrico Gnei, a clerk, spent a night with a beautiful lady. I also have a favorite here: Determinant for me, the Spanish edition has it and since it dates fromit reveals that Calvino himself wrote it.

She does not move away when he touches her.

Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino

Dfificili else can drown in the unreliable shadow of memory. To which the only answer is that it is a work of fiction and it is written by a man. View all 22 comments.

The version in English does not include the last two and instead incorporates many other stories grouped as the Riviera, War and Postwar Tales. Theft in the Pastry Shop has both the thieves and the law enforcers succumb to the temptation of sugar in an irrepressible feeding frenzy.


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. Pretty soon though he gets the photographing virus himself, buys an old fashioned glass plate wooden box and styles himself an artist: 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: Behind mine one would be able to read the lines of the supreme Favolatore.

There is no wild imagination on display here but rather simple, accessible writing about simple people. Looking up and looking down. To view it, click here. A local priest is distributing wool underwear: It felt a bit like an itlo with a few tracks too many. This suspicion struck him dumb, hidden in that ostrich refuge of his with the bulb in his hand, like an idiot.

Calvino, you are rich with the goods. And I was unhappy. I guess these stories were written at a later period than the first three collections, because they show Calvino in top form, mixing real urban poetry with his signature exuberance of imagination and his barbed satire of the more foolish habits of his compatriots.

Difficult Loves

It could not have been included in when they were grouped with many others as I Raconti The Stories. Perhaps you are like me and always wmori a book. The plan is to shoot them in front of a chasm in the earth — a vertical cave — that will obviate the need of digging graves. Two of the soldiers are shot and fall into the cave, while the third rolls over and falls in before he can be shot.

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