Into the War by Italo CalvinoInto the War by Italo Calvino

Into the War

byItalo CalvinoTranslated byMartin McLaughlin

Paperback | September 16, 2014

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This book deals both with a transition from adolescence into youth and with a move from peace to war: as for very many other people, for the protagonist of this book 'entry into life' and 'entry into war' coincide." - from the Author's NoteThese three stories, set during the summer of 1940, draw on Italo Calvino's memories of his own adolescence during the Second World War, too young to be forced to fight in Mussolini's army but old enough to be conscripted into the Italian youth brigades. The callow narrator of these tales observes the mounting unease of a city girding itself for war, the looting of an occupied French town, and nighttime revels during a blackout. Appearing here in its first English translation, Into the War is one of Calvino's only works of autobiographical fiction. It offers both a glimpse of this writer's extraordinary life and a distilled dram of his wry, ingenious literary voice."All three stories attest to the potentially magical, transformative space of adolescence . . . The seeds of the later Calvino - the fabulist who worked profound moral and ethical points into his narratives - are all here." - Joseph Luzzi, Times Literary Supplement "
ITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as wel...
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Title:Into the WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.35 inPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544146387

ISBN - 13:9780544146389

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Calvino is a supreme storyteller, writing with ease and transparency that make the reader a confidante." - Publishers Weekly "