The Watcher And Other Stories
New York. 1971. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With A Tear Mark On The Front. Translated from the Italian by William Weaver & Others. 181 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Anita Walker Scott. 0151948801. keywords: Literature Translated Italy. inventory # 12148. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Italo Calvino, the scintillating author of COSMICOMICS and T ZERO, shows his astonishing range in these three long stories. In ‘The Watcher,’ fact predominates over fantasy. The setting is Cottolengo, a city within the city of Turin, where, hidden from sight, the rejects of the human race — cripples, idiots, monsters — are cared for by the Church in a self-contained world of their own. Here, on Election Day, Amerigo Ormeo, member of a left-wing party, penetrates into the enemy stronghold to see that no election fraud is committed. Two concepts of man confront each other, movingly, revealingly, and not without a subtle ambiguity. In the other stories fantasy rockets off from its base in fact. ‘Smog,’ written in 1958, marvelously anticipates a preoccupation with pollution that is raised to lunatic proportions. ‘The Argentine Ant’ is a masterpiece of sustained horror with farcical undertones, illustrating man’s defeat before an enemy too small and ubiquitous to be overcome. A bold intelligence, a true originality, a brilliant inventiveness raise these stories to an exhilarating pitch and make them irresistible reading. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front, Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With A Tear Mark On The Front. Bookseller Inventory # 12148
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About the Author: Italo Calvino (15 October 1923 ? 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979). Lionised in Britain and America, he was, at the time of his death, the most-translated contemporary Italian writer.
Title: The Watcher And Other Stories
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Date: 1971
Edition: 1st Edition.
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