Title: The Watcher And Other Stories
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication Date: 1971
Edition: 1st Edition.
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. 45. 181 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Anita Walker Scott. 0151948801. keywords: October 15. 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
Synopsis: The three long stories in this volume show the range and virtuosity of Italy?s most imaginative writer. ?Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us? (John Updike, New Yorker).Translated by William Weaver and Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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.
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