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The Baron In The Trees
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|October 3, 2017

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A landmark new translation of a Calvino classic, a whimsical, spirited novel that imagines a life lived entirely on its own terms Cosimo di Rondo, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and…
Difficult Loves
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|August 29, 2017

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In Difficult Loves , Italy's master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love-including self-love-are swept away in magical instants of recognition. A soldier is reduced to quivering fear by the presence of a full-figured woman…
The Cloven Viscount
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|August 15, 2017

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In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bissected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears. When the two halves become rivals for the…
The Nonexistent Knight
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|August 15, 2017

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Set in the time of Charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming white suit of armor with nothing inside it. A challenge to his honor sends Agilulf on a search through France,…
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
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|January 1, 1951

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Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each…
The Baron in the Trees
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|February 1, 2001

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Cosimo, a young eighteenth-century Italian nobleman, rebels by climbing into the trees to remain there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an arboreal existence and even has love affairs. Translated by Archibald Colquhoun.
Collection of Sand
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|September 16, 2014

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Italo Calvino's unbounded curiosity and masterful imagination are displayed in peak form in Collection of Sand , the last of his works published during his lifetime. Here, Calvino applies his encyclopedic mind to the delights of the visual world, in essays on…
The Road to San Giovanni
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|December 16, 2014

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Assembled and published posthumously, The Road to San Giovanni offers Calvino's reflections on his own life and work. These five elegant "memory exercises" provide a varied and revealing portrait of a writer who was deeply wary of autobiography: from the title…
The Nonexistent Knight and The Cloven Viscount

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Two novellas: the first, a parody of medieval knighthood told by a nun; the second, a fantasy about a nobleman bisected into his good and evil halves. “Bravura pieces... executed with brilliance and brio”(Chicago Tribune). Translated by Archibald…
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
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|August 2, 2016

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At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Six Memos for the Next Millennium &nbspis Calvino's testament,…
Italian Folktales
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|January 12, 2001

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Chosen as one of the New York Times's ten best books in the year of its original publication, this collection immediately won a cherished place among lovers of the tale and vaulted Calvino into the ranks of the great folklorists. Introduction by the Author;…
The Path To The Spiders' Nests: Revised Edition
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|May 30, 2000

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Italo Calvino was only twenty-three when he first published this bold and imaginative novel. It tells the story of Pin, a cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast during World War II. He lives with his sister, a prostitute, and spends as much time as…