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Last Comes the Raven

Category: Book
By (author): Calvino, Italo
Translated By: Goldstein, Ann
Subject:  FICTION / In Translation / Italian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: August 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in
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From The Publisher*"Calvino . . . managed effortlessly what no author in English could quite claim: his novels and stories and fables were both classically modernist and giddily postmodern, embracing both experiment and tradition, at once conceptual and humane, intimate and mythic." - Jonathan Lethem, New York Times Book Review

Blending reality and illusion with elegance and precision, the stories in this collection take place in a World War II–era and postwar Italy tinged with the visionary and fablelike qualities. A trio of gluttonous burglars invades a pastry shop; two children trespass upon a forbidden garden; a wealthy family invites a rustic goatherd to lunch, only to mock him. In the title story, a compact masterpiece of shifting perspectives, a panicked soldier tries to keep his wits-and his life-when he faces off against a young partisan with a loaded rifle and miraculous aim.

Select stories from Last Comes the Raven have been published in translation, but the collection as a whole has never appeared in English. This volume, including several stories newly translated by Ann Goldstein, is an important addition to Calvino's legacy.
From The Publisher*The first complete English-language edition of one of Calvino's important early short story collections.
Biographical NoteITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as the author of Invisible Cities , The Baron in the Trees , and numerous collections of fiction and essays.
  ANN GOLDSTEIN has translated widely from Italian, including the works of Elena Ferrante, Primo Levi, Alessandro Baricco, and others.