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Numbers in the Dark display all of Calvino's dazzling gifts whimsy and horror exuberance of style and a cheerful grasp of the absurdities of the human conditio While I really love Calvino s novels I think he is at his best when writing short stories Conscience is a particular favorite The Ira War Strategy Tactics and Military Lessons Csis Significant Issues Series Csis Significant Issues Series of Calvino's dazzling gifts whimsy and horror exuberance Black Blue of style and a cheerful grasp The Moe Manifesto of the absurdities Positive Church in a Negative World of the human conditio While I really love Calvino s novels I think he is at his best when writing short stories Conscience is a particular favorite

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Eat fantasists of the th century displaying the full breadth of his vision and wit  Written between andand masterfully translated by Tim Parks the fictions in I agree with other reviewers that it shouldn t be the first Calvino book you read but readers who are already Calvino fans will find plenty of gems in this collection There are 37 widely varied stories vignettes fables imagined interviews and fantasies arranged chronologically and representing work from 1943 to 1985 Of the earlier work I most enjoyed the fables such as The Black Sheep in which a smoothly running village of thieves is thrown into chaos when an honest man moves in Standouts for me in the second half include World Memory about a company tasked with documenting well everything and The Burning of Abominable House in which the narrator tries to reconstruct the events leading to a burned house containing four bodies and a list of abominable deeds committed thereAt its best Calvino s writing engages me on two levels simultaneously the front of my brain relishes the precise language and the cultural commentary while another part of the writing bypasses the reasonable part of my mind and goes straight to the brain stem connecting with something primal and ancient These are the stories I dog eared to read again in the future Conscience The Black Sheep Wind in a City The Lost Regiment A General in the Library A Beautiful March Day World Memory The Burning of Abominable House Henry Ford

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Tu dica PDFEPUB #231 For the first time in paperback a volume of thirty seven diabolically inventive stories fables and impossible interviews from one of the gr If you re looking to read some Calvino for the first time do not buy this book May I instead highly recommend the magnificent The Complete Cosmicomics it will not disappoint Numbers in the Dark an interesting and creative collection of short stories Not all of them are good this coming from a hardcore Calvino fan but arguably the collection is the interesting for it His earlier stories are either delightfully simple yet engaging parables or long winded forays into philosophy like If On a Winter s Night a Traveler but far less skillful In the latter category we have The Man Who Shouted Teresa a charming story about community Conscience is an engaging parable about the supposed difference between killing in war and murder The Black Sheep is a funny yet thought provoking creation myth for ineuality an egalitarian society of thieves collapses into injustice because of the arrival of an honest man Good for Nothing is also interesting dealing with issues of paranoia and strangers knowing than they should The General in the Library is also an engaging read as is A Beatiful March Day one of my favourites it looks at Caesar s assassination through the eyes of one of the senators who kills himNot so impressive to my mind are some of the lengthy and postmodern stories Dry River for instance may be a metaphor for some event of postwar Italian politics but it doesn t excuse the lack of plot character development anything The great thing about Calvino is how he deals with fascinating concepts and metafiction without seeming at all prentious but you get the feeling in this story as well as in Love Far From Home and to a lesser extent Wind In A City that he is almost taking his thoughts too seriously without either the slightly playful and irreverent style which makes him so readable but also without the literary chops to say what he really means Still there are also signs of emerging skill Numbers in the Dark is an elegant and intriguing story of an office at night seen through the eyes of a boy Nocturnal Solilouy of a Scottish Nobleman is also worth a read even if you don t know about Italian political parties and their power struggles and nor do I it is a fine allegory for how the lesser of two evils can end up being dangerous and how your enemy s enemy when your enemy is gone will turn on youThe second section of the book is even better in my opinion World Memory is a great story with an imaginative concept rising tension and a spine chilling twist at the end Beheading the Heads an unfinished concept for a novel imagines a nation where all leaders and politicians inevitably have their heads chopped off after a certain amount of time An interesting idea And yet it really does work Calvino gives us a fascinating insight into the heart of an alternative October Revolution The Burning of the Abominable House and Before You Say Hello fit well into the existing anthology The former a postmodernist murder mystery with a twist reminds me of The Chase a classic found in Complete Cosmicomics Before reminds me of If on a winter s night a traveller in fact one of the stories also involves looking at the mechanisms of phones and phone calls in obsessive detail Calvino is on form when pondering whether phones are a or less personal mode of communication his conclusion may surprise you The final three works of particular note the others include some fwf stories and a surprisingly relevant tale of technology The Last Channel are the interviews These are really remarkable imaginative and thought provoking The interview with Montezuma last emperor of the Aztecs is particularly worth reading It challenges the common knowledge version of events and especially motivations involved in the collapse of that great western civilization and the Aztecs too The interviews with Ford and Neanderthal Man are also clever and well written with Calvino giving the industrialist some interesting arguments to counter his detractors and the Neanderthal humourously dealing with his patronising interviewerSo should you read this book or not It depends how much of this author you have read before I stand by my recommendation of Complete Cosmicomics as the ideal introduction to Calvino this collection might benefit those who already have an idea of the great man s uniue style and who would appreciate an insight into how Calvino evolved over his career


About the Author: Italo Calvino

tu dica PDF/EPUB ç Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy the Cosmicomics collection of short stories and the novels Invisible Cities and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler His style is not easy to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to th.



10 thoughts on “Prima che tu dica «Pronto»

  1. says:

    If you're looking to read some Calvino for the first time do not buy this book May I instead highly recommend the magnificent The Com

  2. says:

    These gather 37 previously uncollected Calvinos from early fables and realist social commentaries to later oulipan narrative games stylistically masterful if frivolous riffs on a theme composed as commissions one from a Japanese whisky company late additions to the Cosmicomics series a Henry Ford teleplay condensing the contradicti

  3. says:

    Certainly one of the best short story collections I have ever read It covers the entire span of Calvino's writing career and his early charming and offbeat fables the first written when he was 19 are just as entertaining as the mature and co

  4. says:

    Hit or miss collection of shorts An amusing seuence of interviews with various persons Montezuma a thoughtful troglodyte Henry Ford Casanova Some repeats otherwise with other volumesVery effective in some items such as The Burning of the Abom

  5. says:

    I agree with other reviewers that it shouldn't be the first Calvino book you read but readers who are already Calvino fans will find plenty of gems in this collection There are 37 widely varied stories vignettes fables imagined interviews and fantasies arranged chronologically and representing work from 1943 to 1985 Of th

  6. says:

    Short stories are interesting when considered as a medium of their own What I mean by this is some authors and fiction write

  7. says:

    Exuisite This is a lovely book of short stories from Mr C They cover his career from teenage years onwards What I like about his work is the purity of the prose together with a different slant on the world Especially recommended the earlier sto

  8. says:

    While I really love Calvino's novels I think he is at his best when writing short stories Conscience is a particular favorite

  9. says:

    Spoiler This review will not match up with the ratingSelf Disclosure Italo Calvino is one of my favorite writers I think of him as my uncle even though we're not related Not even closely He's just so great that I've adopte

  10. says:

    And Ida is one of those girls who run into you and immediately start telling you their life stories and what they think about things even though they hardly know you girls with no secrets except for things that are secrets to them too; and even for those secrets they'll find words everyday words that sprout effortlessly as if their thought

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