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  • Published: 6 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141189734
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.00

The Path to the Spiders' Nests



New to Penguin Modern Classics, Calvino's first novel

Pin is a bawdy, adolescent cobbler's assistant, both arrogant and insecure who - while the Second World War rages - sings songs and tells jokes to endear himself to the grown-ups of his town - particularly jokes about his sister, who they all know as the town's 'mattress'. Among those his sister sleeps with is a German sailor, and Pin dares to steal his pistol, hiding it among the spiders' nests in an act of rebellion that entangles him in the adults' war.

  • Published: 6 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141189734
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.00

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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