Italo Calvino

The Written World and the Unwritten World
  • The Written World and the Unwritten World

  • A scintillating collection of essays that encapsulates the great Italian writer's approach to writing, reading, and interpreting literature, now available in English for the first time

    Reading, writing, translating; the avant-garde and tradition; the fate of the novel: these are just some of the themes of The Written World and the Unwritten World. A collection of essays, forewords, articles, interviews, notes, and other occasional pieces, this work displays Calvino's remarkable intelligence and razor-sharp wit as he explores the meaning of literature in a rapidly changing world. Drawn from the Italian collections Mondo scritto e mondo non scritto (2002), Sulla fiaba (1988), and uncollected essays, this volume of previously untranslated work - now rendered in English by Ann Goldstein - is a major statement in literary criticism.

Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include Cosmicomics (1968), Invisible Cities (1972), and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979). He died in Siena in 1985.

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