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The Path to the Spiders' Nests - Italo Calvino, Archibald Colquhoun, Martin McLaughlin
The Path to the Spiders' Nests
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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 he can at a seedy bar where he... show more
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 he can at a seedy bar where he amuses the adult patrons. After a mishap with a Nazi soldier, Pin becomes involved with a band of partisans. Calvino's portrayal of these characters, seen through the eyes of a child, is not only a revealing commentary on the Italian resistance but an insightful coming-of-age story. Updated to include changes from Calvino's definitive Italian edition, previously censored passages, and his newly translated, unabridged preface--in which Calvino brilliantly critiques and places into historical context his own youthful work--The Path to the Spiders' Nests is animated by the formidable imagination that has made Italo Calvino one of the most respected writers of our time.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060956585 (0060956585)
ASIN: 60956585
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Path to the Spiders' Nests by Italo Calvino, Archibald Colquhoun (Translator), Martin McLaughlin (Translator)
bookshelves: spring-2014, iphone-library, ipad, e-book, wwii, summer-2014, italy, tbr-busting-2014 Read from April 21 to July 05, 2014 Description: 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 ...
Stories2358
Stories2358 rated it
4.0 Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno
Blog Stories Review: http://storiesbooksandmovies.blogspot.it/2014/02/il-sentiero-dei-nidi-di-ragno-italo.html#moreIl sentiero di nidi di ragno è stato il romanzo che ha fatto conoscere al grande pubblico Italo Calvino.La vicenda narrata ha luogo durante la seconda guerra mondiale in Italia. Il prot...
Beth's List Love on Booklikes
Beth's List Love on Booklikes rated it
4.0
Pin is an orphaned boy being raised by his prostitute sister. He bums cigarettes off the German soldier who frequents his sister's bed and drinks off the men at the local tavern. He mocks and sings for adults, with whom he is more at ease than with other kids. One day the local resistance committee ...
Books&Sweets
Books&Sweets rated it
3.0 Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno
La letteratura italiana non è che mi faccia impazzire e di partigiani e resistenza ormai se ne è parlato anche troppo, ma Calvino questo libro lo scrive nel dopoguerra, quando l'esperienza è ancora scottante.Tre stelle perché il libro, nonostante i pronostici, si è lasciato leggere in poco tempo. Tr...
Lost in the Stacks
Lost in the Stacks rated it
4.0
I am endebted to the editors of World Literature Today for their recent article on the literature of Liguria that led me to this absolute gem. The Path to the Nest of Spiders was an exciting find for several reasons: It is completely different from anything Calvino ever wrote after (it was his firs...
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