Nonexistent Knight and the Cloven Viscount

ISBN-10: 0156659751

ISBN-13: 9780156659758

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Description: Two novellas: the first, a parody of medieval knighthood told by a nun; the second, a fantasy about a nobleman bisected into his good and evil halves. “Bravura pieces... executed with brilliance and brio”(Chicago Tribune). Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/28/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Novelist and short story writer Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923, and grew up in Italy, graduating from the University of Turin in 1947. He is remembered for his distinctive style of fables. Much of his first work was political, including Il Sentiero dei Nidi di Ragno (The Path of the Nest Spiders, 1947), considered one of the main novels of neorealism. In the fifties, Calvino began to explore fantasy and myth as extensions of realism. Il Visconte Dimezzato (The Cloven Knight, 1952), concerns a knight split in two in combat who continues to live on as two separates, one good and one bad, deprived of the link which made them a moral whole. In Il Barone Rampante (Baron in the Trees, 1957), a boy takes to the trees to avoid eating snail soup and lives an entire, fulfilled life without ever coming back down. Calvino was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1984 and died in 1985, following a cerebral hemorrhage.

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