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Calvino and the age of Neorealism : fables of estrangement

Author: Lucia Re
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Italo Calvino's reputation as one of the great writers of our century rests chiefly on his allegorical fables and fantastic narratives, whose inventiveness, irreverence, and elegant style are universally admired. In this study, the author focuses on Calvino's first novel, The Path to the Nest of Spiders (1947), because in it she discerns a critical point of origin for Calvino's entire 'ethics' of writing. She shows  Read more...
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Named Person: Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lucia Re
ISBN: 0804716501 9780804716505
OCLC Number: 20823296
Description: 419 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Realism and Italian neorealism; 2. Modes of neorealist narrative; 3. The narrative paths of memory and history; 4. The politics of The Path; 5. Between the imaginary and the symbolic: history, the subject, and desire in The Path; 6. Reading in the book of the world: a dialogue of interpretive models; Notes; Index.
Responsibility: Lucia Re.
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