The Road to San Giovanni

Category: Book
By (author): Calvino, Italo
Translated By: Parks, Tim
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  FICTION / In Translation / Italian
  LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: December 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.43in
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From The Publisher*In each other's presence we became mute, would walk in silence side by side along the road to San Giovanni. To my father's mind, words must serve as confirmations of things, and as signs of possession; to mine, they were foretastes of things barely glimpsed, not possessed, presumed." -from The Road to San Giovanni In these autobiographical essays, published after Italo Calvino's death, the intellectually vibrant writer not only reflects on his own past, but also inquires into the very workings of memory itself. From the title essay's lyrical evocation of the author's relationship with his father, and a charming account of teenage years spent in the glow of the cinema screen, to Calvino's reminiscences of his experiences in the Italian Resistance during World War II and of his years in Paris, to hisdeclaration of purpose as a writer in the final essay's visionary fragments, these five "memory exercises" are heartfelt, affecting, and wise. "Brimming with Calvino's beautifully crafted prose, dry humor, and continual questioning . . . Calvino has been very well served by his translator, Tim Parks." - Observer "
From The Publisher*Heartfelt, affecting, and wise, the essay collection The Road to San Giovanni offers Italo Calvino's reflections on his own life and work in five elegant "memory exercises."
Biographical NoteITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities , If on a winter's night a traveler , The Baron in the Trees , and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.