The Road to San Giovanni


This collection of autobiographical essays range from a lyrical portrait of the author’s relationship with his father to a perceptive essay on his own youthful obsession with cinema.

ISBN: 9780141189710 Author: Calvino, Italo Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 28th May 2009 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 853.914 (edition:22) Pages: 101 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

In five elegant autobiographical meditations Calvino delves into his past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the Fascists. He also muses on the social contracts, language and sensations associated with emptying the kitchen rubbish and the shape he would, if asked, consider the world. These reflections on the nature of memory itself are engaging, witty, and lit through with Calvino’s alchemical brilliance.

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