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  • Published: 5 January 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099287032
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $28.99

Adam, One Afternoon




'Calvino's strength is his economy and subtlety. The best of his allegorical fantasies have the power of the Brothers Grimm, rollicking stories on the surface, with an underlying savagery' Listener

The world of Calvino is a world of fable, but he uses its mechanisms to focus with unerring precision on human reality. Nature in these stories has a magical quality in the flight of a crow, the iridescent track of a snail, the sideways leap of a stray cat - but the magic can encompass both enchantment and terror.

  • Pub date: 5 January 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099287032
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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