American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Calvino, Italo 1923-1985. Italian writer of allegorical tales, such as The Nonexistent Knight and the Cloven Viscount (1962), and science fiction, including Cosmicomics (1965).
- n. Italian writer of novels and short stories (born in Cuba) (1923-1987)
“To favor Metalious over Calvino is so alien to me I can't understand why serious people could even consider it, her potential as cash flow notwithstanding.”
“I've had proof in the past that Italo Calvino is an excellent writer, but one of the reasons why this book did not work for me at this particular point in time is the fact that most of the several beginnings of stories completely failed to captivate me.”
“But maybe I am getting the experience of reading confused with the actual quality Calvino is talking about.”
“Orienation and desorientation come together in Calvino’s writing like a single match up of day and night in Italian cities transformed into imaginary havens for would be writers and poets, but also gardners and flower pickers, never mind dogs and squirrels and students preferring to drink bitter wine.”
“The vast forests and luxuriant fauna omnipresent in Calvino’s early fiction such as The Baron in the Trees derives from this “legacy”.”
“Calvino is clearly the author of the letters, but he wrote them to De’ Giorgi and so shouldn’t she have the right to do with them as she pleases?”
“Seen from the point of view of philosophy, it suggests to me an approach to thinking recalls Calvino's passage where he writes of words as a”
“Disdainful of Turin students, Calvino saw himself as enclosed in a “provincial shell” that offered the illusion of immunity from the Fascist nightmare: “We were ‘hard guys’ from the provinces, hunters, snooker-players, show-offs, proud of our lack of intellectual sophistication, contemptuous of any patriotic or military rhetoric, coarse in our speech, regulars in the brothels, dismissive of any romantic sentiment and desperately devoid of women.””
“Now twenty years old, Calvino refused military service and went into hiding.”
“In 1962 Calvino met the Argentinian translator Esther Judith Singer (Chichita) and married her in 1964 in Havana, during a trip in which he visited his birthplace and met Ernesto Che Guevara.”
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