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This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. But he was also an influential literary critic,

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Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 - Updated Edition by Italo Calvino

This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. But he was also an influential literary critic, an important literary editor, and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal, Leonardo Sciascia, Natalia Ginzburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luciano Berio. This book includes a generous selection of about 650 letters, written between World War II and the end of Calvino's life. Selected and introduced by Michael Wood, the letters are expertly rendered into English and annotated by well-known Calvino translator Martin McLaughlin. The letters are filled with insights about Calvino's writing and that of others; about Italian, American, English, and French literature; about literary criticism and literature in general; and about culture and politics. The book also provides a kind of autobiography, documenting Calvino's Communism and his resignation from the party in 1957, his eye-opening trip to the United States in 1959-60, his move to Paris (where he lived from 1967 to 1980), and his trip to his birthplace in Cuba (where he met Che Guevara). Some lengthy letters amount almost to critical essays, while one is an appropriately brief defense of brevity, and there is an even shorter, reassuring note to his parents written on a scrap of paper while he and his brother were in hiding during the antifascist Resistance. This is a book that will fascinate and delight Calvino fans and anyone else interested in a remarkable portrait of a great writer at work.

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One of The Guardian Best Books of 2013, chosen by Pankaj Mishra Selected for the SFG Gift Guide 2013 [C]onsistently absorbing and suggestive... [T]he chronicle not only of Calvino's intellectual development but of postwar Italy's... The letters in this book deal with great subtlety, sophistication, and wit, and occasionally even a certain cynicism, with challenges that might have overburdened a less mercurial, multifarious, essentially sane spirit.--Jonathan Galassi, New York Review of Books The image of Calvino as postmodernism's light-footed prince follows easily. But, behind that image, who was Calvino? The publication of a considerable selection of Calvino's letters affords an opportunity, or many opportunities, to ask that question anew.--Lawrence Norfolk, Wall Street Journal [T]here is no writer alive who resembles ... Calvino. So the appearance of a selection of Calvino's letters in English is a moment of happiness... [T]hese letters offer a gorgeous portrait of Calvino in the midst of his own productivity: as an editor, a reader, a critic, an inventor of new literary forms. And they allow the reader to investigate the complicated background from which those strange forms emerged.--Adam Thirlwell, New Republic This collection, the first in English, gives voice and witness to a vibrant mind intensely engaged in the literary and political future of postwar Italy and the history of ideas... McLaughlin's translation is award-winning; the extensive notes provide a model of masterful research. Irresistible for Calvino readers.--Library Journal Italo Calvino's letters ... provide ... pleasure and surprise... In them he shines as an editor of obvious brilliance and a writer of lavish gratitude towards those who appreciate his work.--Vivian Gornick, Prospect Superbly translated by Martin McLaughlin, these letters place Calvino in the larger frame of 20th century Italy and provide a showcase for his refined and civil voice... Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 is a charming addition to the Planet Calvino--a place cluttered with sphinxes, chimeras, knights, spaceships and viscounts both cloven and whole.--Ian Thomson, Guardian [I]mpeccably translated and annotated.--Robert Gordon, Literary Review [A]ltogether fantastic... Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 is indispensable in its entirety, a treasure trove of timeless insight on literature and life.--Maria Popova, Brain Pickings The general reader will come away from the Letters admiring this skeptical, loyal, generous, industrious man, who gave the life of letters the dignity it so often seems to lack.--Adam Kirsch, Barnes and Noble Review It is impossible to overstate just how sublime and richly insightful Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985 is in its entirety.--Maria Popova, Brain Pickings This selection of letter offers intellectual riches and access to the workings of a wholly original mind. The presentation of the book is exemplary, with copious, precise notes by Martin McLaughlin identifying not only the recipients of the letters but also the background to the topics under discussion. McLaughlin's translation is fluent and elegant throughout.--Joseph Farrell, The (Scotland) Herald [F]ascinating... A vastly entertaining collection, meticulously edited and annotated.--Peter Sirr, Irish Times As the letters chart Calvino's journey from postwar communist concerns with faithfulness to history to his destiny as an imaginative maestro more concerned with being faithful to the universe, the text both instructs and entertains.--Gregory Day, WA Today [C]ompelling.--Tiffany Nichols, City Book Review [D]eeply rewarding.--Lisa Hilton, Standpoint [I]t is provides a far greater insight into the life of Italo Calvino than an ordinary biography would have done.--Artswrap Michael Wood has made a studious selection of Calvino's letters and a provides an insightful introduction that frames his selection in the larger tableau of Calvino's life and work. Ample notes further clarify many of the personal and historical details as well as the Italian idioms that appear throughout these letters. It is a book worthy of both study and appreciation.--Stephan Delbos, BODY Selected and introduced by Michael Wood, translated by Martin McLaughlin, the collection is a mesmerizing peek inside the thinking of the great modern fabulist... Much of [Calvino's] letter writing seems to be an exercise in clear expression... He is a writer as scrupulous and demanding on himself as he is on the world around him. Calvino took the role of public intellectual very seriously, convinced in his job to explore the fringes of thought... A writer of such great control and refreshing playfulness, Calvino reveals how serious and unsure his journey was in this collection of candid letters.--Seth Satterlee, PWxyz (Publishers Weekly blog) There is much to admire in McLaughlin's translation of the letters, not least his sensitivity to Calvino's variations of style and tone, from the ironic to the pedantic. The collection also provides new texts in English that provide valuable insights into the germination of Calvino's best-known works. It captures the writer's generosity and integrity and, above all, his deep and abiding passion for literary culture.--Rita Wilson, Sydney Review of Books

About Italo Calvino

Michael Wood is professor of English and comparative literature at Princeton University. His most recent books are Yeats and Violence and A Very Short Introduction to Film. Martin McLaughlin is the Agnelli-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford. He is the translator of Calvino's Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings, Into the War, and Why Read the Classics?, which won the John Florio Prize for translation. He is also cotranslator of Calvino's The Complete Cosmicomics.

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Michael Wood vii Translator's Note, by Martin McLaughlin xvii Abbreviations xix 1941-1945 1 1946-1950 32 1951-1955 73 1956-1960 111 1961-1965 212 1966-1970 311 1971-1975 390 1976-1980 461 1981-1985 511 Notes 535 Index 599

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