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His style is not easily to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomicsalthough sometimes his writing is more “realistic” and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Lovesfor example. A woman languishes on an air mattress, rolling down the twin pieces of her swimsuit to catch the sun.

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But he has recently got a pair of glasses – if he does not wear the glasses everyone recognises him and wave to him – but they are little more than blurs, when he puts the glasses on no one recognises him at all. Return to Book Page.

Qui si concentra sulle relazioni complicate, sugli ostacoli quotidiani, sul contrasto fra situazioni ideali e desiderate e compromessi amari. Twenty-eight stories in all, very simply told, like fables. We then follow him as he explores the cave and makes his way to safety. What parts were real? He protects himself by holding the other dead bodies in front of him while squeezing himself into a niche in the rock wall.

The four discrete sections were originally published in separate volumes. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Childhood seemed to go on regardless of what was happening around it.

Difficult Loves

The second part “Wartime Stories”also written after the war, but later than the “Riviera Stories” as if Calvino had to impose order on his memories in the right orderupdates the stories to the time of wartime resistance to the Fascists and Nazis. The story behind the proper thirteen Difficult Loves also has its own suspense. His work typifies the Italian oral tradition and love for the unusual circumstance. Talking Heads – “Life During Wartime” https: And the elegant women going to have their minks or astrakhan altered had to goi the bannisters to avoid brushing against the ragged crew.


Un Calvino un po’ sottotono. The best is yet to come in the present volume, but in order to get there, the reader needs to pass through the iitalo years of post-war shortages and social unrest.

Two of the soldiers are shot and fall into the cave, while the third rolls over and falls in before he can be shot. A tortured, drunken sleep, where one wonders if the conversation, the gaze, the regret was real; or did I dream it, did I read it.

Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino

In L’avventura di una bagnante o anche in parte in L’avventura di un poetaCalvino mi ha regalato suggestioni preziose And I was unhappy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We seem to make love difficult for our selves and others. Some of his writing has been called postmodernreflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply “modern”.

The plan is to shoot them in front of a chasm in the earth — a vertical cave — that will obviate the need of digging graves. Calculo que con una relectura puedo llegar a ponerle 5 estrellas.

Viewing the stories separately, they were mostly sad or melancholical at least, but overall the book managed to make me feel happy I still have to figure out how that happened.

Gi “Stories of Love and Loneliness” capture the atomisation of the individual within family capvino society. Sometimes this slow and squalid stream spread right on down past the mezzanine floor and the glass doors of the Fabrizia’s, the furriers. The structure, both a discrete puzzle and a unitary big picture – reminds me of other works by Amogi, especially the first book of his that I read: It is relatively easy to break in to commit A Theft in a Pastry Shop ; harder to leave.

Dollars and ditficili Demimondaine moves the orgy of the senses to a small tavern by the seaside where local black market money sifficili try to liberate the hard currency from the fingers of onshore American sailors with the help of prostitudes, liberated women and even wives.


Want to Read saving…. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And like any work by Calvino there is always the knife twist waiting when you least expect it.

View all 22 comments. But perhaps you are like me, and never really put the book down.

Yes, the women are out there, and often they difficiil clear signals of availability and interest, but most of the men treat love as a game to be played on a virtual screen inside their heads, loving their anticipation and their fantasies more than the flesh and blood sitting right next to them.

My favou There was a time when I thought my purpose in life was to encourage as many people as possible to read Calvino. Beyond the surface of the page you entered a world where life was more alive than here on this side: The “Postwar Amoro loosely embrace desire, except they do so via concrete detail about beds, mattresses, blankets, two-piece swim suits, bra straps, buttons and unbuttonings.

Difficilli blurs the dividing line between the words written on paper and the reality of sight and touch and smell, with hilarious results that nevertheless touch on fundamental issues of the way we relate to the world: What will be the outcome with Albertine? People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel.

His interest in action survived, however, in his pleasure in reading; his passion was always the narration of events, the stories, the tangle of human situations.