A beautiful new edition of one of Calvino's most enchanting and playful stories
A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.
From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.
Published here in a beautiful new edition and translation, The Baron in the Trees is a delight and an enchantment.
“Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends”
“The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists”
“Calvino is a wizard”
New York Review of Books