Nota introductoria 1. Georges College, escuela primaria en las Scuole Valdesi, secundaria en el R. Los alemanes detuvieron durante algunos meses como rehenes al padre y a la madre. El autor la da a leer a Pavese que, si bien con reservas, la propone a Giulio Einaudi. En el mismo mes de noviembre de en que aparece su primer libro, se licencia en letras con una tesis de literatura inglesa sobre Joseph Conrad.
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Realistic moments, rather than fantastical, and despite the titles, most are not really love stories, nor adventures. Image: Woman looking in microscope Source. Difficult Loves is eleven very short stories in which Calvino is like a biologist at a microscope: analysing the sensation of a few minutes or hours in minute detail, revealing the patterns, beauty, and secrets of the mundane.
The Adventures of a Soldier, There is sexual tension for a young soldier sitting next to a something wealthy widow in a train carriage. The Adventures of a Crook, A short bedroom farce featuring a married hooker, her husband, a client, and a cop. The Adventures of a Bather, A comic dilemma transfigures into exploration of aging and body image.
The exquisite paradox is the joy of such a secret makes him want to share it with someone, but that would change it. The first course leads to stupidity; the second, to madness. What you are suffering is your memory and your imagination.
Commuters of all kinds will relate. A man of wide literary tastes enjoys holiday reading in a quiet cove, interspersed with an occasional swim: one for the mind, the other for sensual, physical stimulation.
Nevertheless, he sits so her legs align with the edge of his book… The Adventures of a Near-Sighted Man, This is about focus, in a broader sense than the title implies. Clear vision, from behind a protective layer, is oddly important to me. Life was losing savour, and he was bored of it - until he realised he was short-sighted, and got glasses.
Suddenly, he sees the world in enriched detail. Is he the man he once was, and does that matter? Should he have ones that are barely visible and merge with his physiognomy, or bold black ones that are almost a mask? The Adventures of the Married Couple, Sweet but dull. The husband works a night shift, and his wife works daytime hours, yet they find snippets of intimacy, waiting for and helping each other. They go into partnership with a developer who everyone says is dodgy, and he duly strings them along very effectively.
But very boringly. Image: Unfinished concrete apartments Source. This is nearly pages, compared with fewer than 10 for most of the Difficult Loves stories, reviewed above.
The characters and writing style are similar - except this covers many months though it felt like years.
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