|By (author):||Calvino, Italo|
|Translated By:||Goldstein, Ann|
|Subject:||FICTION / In Translation / Italian|
|FICTION / Literary|
|FICTION / Short Stories (single author)|
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.31in|
|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 Note||ITALO 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.