The Path to the Spiders' Nests (Penguin Modern Classics)
Pin is a bawdy, adolescent cobbler's assistant, both arrogant and insecure who - while the Second World War rages - sings songs and tells jokes to endear himself to the grown-ups of his town - particularly jokes about his sister, who they all know as the town's 'mattress'. Among those his sister... show more
Pin is a bawdy, adolescent cobbler's assistant, both arrogant and insecure who - while the Second World War rages - sings songs and tells jokes to endear himself to the grown-ups of his town - particularly jokes about his sister, who they all know as the town's 'mattress'. Among those his sister sleeps with is a German sailor, and Pin dares to steal his pistol, hiding it among the spiders' nests in an act of rebellion that entangles him in the adults' war. Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. He was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include "Cosmicomics" (1968), "Invisible Cities" (1972), and "If on a winter's night a traveler" (1979). He died in Siena in 1985. Martin L. McLaughlin is Professor of Italian and Fiat-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford where he is a Fellow of Magdalen College. In addition to his published academic works he is the English translator of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino among many others.
Publish date: May 1st 2009
Pages no: 185
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, World War II
, Italian Literature
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...