Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 2

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Italo Calvino

BORN: October 15, 1923, Santiago de las Vegas, near Havana, Cuba DIED: September 19, 1985, Siena, Italy

IDENTIFICATION: Italian novelist, journalist, essayist, and short-story writer whose humorous, fantastic, and experimental tales make him one of the twentieth century's most important and popular writers.

SIGNIFICANCE: A masterful and innovative storyteller, Italo Calvino is celebrated for his unique ability to combine reality with fantasy. The world is revealed to the reader through the eyes of his many [eyewitnesses]—antiheroic and nomadic characters whose wanderings wittily comment on war, poverty commercialism, and technological progress. Calvino's writings span nearly four decades. His novels, short stories, and critical essays have been largely translated and are widely read and taught in schools and colleges all over the world.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Italo Calvino 149
  • Altert Camus 159
  • Alejo Carpentier 179
  • Ainé Césaire 195
  • Chow Shu-Jen 205
  • J. M. Coetzee 225
  • Joseph Conrad 245
  • Tsiti Dangarembga 267
  • Anita Desai 277
  • Index 287
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