This is a collection of short stories by Calvino, originally published in Italian as “ Gli Amori Difficili.” Calvino () was born in Cuba, but spent the majority . Get this from a library! Gli amori difficili. [Italo Calvino]. Gli amori difficili by Italo Calvino, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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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.

In L’avventura di una bagnante o anche in parte in L’avventura di un poetaCalvino mi ha regalato suggestioni preziose There are other Adventures here: However, what stands out about the collection is the organic growth that occurs over the duration of the stories.

Sleeping Like Dogs is a tragedy wrapped in the sense of humour of Laurel and Hardy, trying to fit a dozen people or more into a tight corner of a small railway station. The social commentary is in plain view now, Calvino using laughter and a baroque exuberance to underline the contrast between dreams and reality. If this was all the book was about it would not be worth reading, but these short stories are a real delight.

He took it to the beach.

Providentially I left the Preface for the end reading it as a Postface. They were then unified by their shared part of their individual titles. 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 calvibo his barbed satire of the more foolish habits of his compatriots. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Into this crowd comes Barbagallo, ready to scandalize the poor, the clergy, the clerks and the capvino patrons indiscriminately with his nakedness and his rough jokes, bitterly complaining about his fate, yet more alive than everybody else in the city.


My favou There was a time when I thought my purpose in life was to encourage as many people as possible to read Calvino. Open Preview See a Problem?

Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino

Dec 20, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his world, a ship can show the truth like a book, and a pair of glasses can block recognition better than a wall. His interest in action survived, however, in his pleasure in reading; his passion was always the narration of events, the stories, the tangle of human situations.

It included a remarkable Preface–with no signature. They come close to fables or fairy tales. The author can quickly change moods. Particularly when they correspond to a protracted and complex creative period as is the case with these.

Gli amori difficili.

The journey begins aptly with a young boy named Libereso, a simple gardener apprentice, who entices a kitchen maid called Maria-Nunziata into the secrets of his garden, gifting her with all the hidden wonders of the world. Under his pen they become extraordinary and eternal. This suspicion struck him dumb, hidden in that ostrich refuge of his with the bulb in his hand, like an idiot.

And why should not clerks fall in love like anybody else, like a soldier trying to make the best of a tight train bench, or a salesman travelling all night to meet with his girlfriend in the weekend, or a nearsighted man whose eyes are open to the beauties walking up and down the street in the evening.

Oserei anche definire questi piccoli racconti come didascalici in alcuni momenti. Their titles were also generated later, when they were translated into French in An ideal companion, who understands you and makes you understand him by displaying virtuosity of a master story-teller.

Calvino suffuses his style with a sense of lightness and poetry; his words caress the page and the images he conjures delight the reader-if I was to think of a word which categories Calvino’s style it would be whimsy, as whiffs of beauty are interspersed with the quotidian concerns of the nonentities who populate his novel, the ephemeral flickers of beauty which the characters experience serve to ignite the melancholy of his narrators; “The sky could be seen above the roof, no longer limpid, but bleached, covered by an opaque patina, as in Gnei’s memory and opaque whiteness was wiping out every memory of sensations, and the presence of the sun was marked by a vague, still patch g,i light, amlri a secret pang of grief.


They also capture the first steps of Calvino’s journey towards the fabulous.

Antonino is a bachelor surrounded by married friends with children, difficilo accepting to be the button pusher for family portraits, while considering himself above such trivial pursuits: These stores are all similarly titled ‘Adventure of a But nonetheless, this edition now seems like a mockery. Tales of love and loneliness in which the author blends reality and illusion.

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The reader experiences right from the start the beauty and the subversive nature of Calvino’s art – the laughter, the wildness, the deft translation from the factual to the metaphorical narration. We must photograph it! One of the gll instinct of parents, after they have brought a child into the world, is to photograph it.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. My Fabulous Real Life Taken together, the stories in this collection show us that words and fables can forge a bond with reality that is both entertaining and therapeutic. May 17, Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing. Calvino has a sense of the supernatural about him and also a certain kind of quirkiness that makes you smile while reading.