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The Path to the Spiders' Nests

Italo Calvino


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PUBLISHED: 28th May 2009
ISBN: 9780141189734
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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'.
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  • Paperback
    $21.47
PUBLISHED: 28th May 2009
ISBN: 9780141189734
ANNOTATION:
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'.

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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'.

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Review

'An insight into the making of a European' Observer 'The crucial novel of Calvino's early years' Mail on Sunday

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'An insight into the making of a European' Observer'The crucial novel of Calvino's early years' Mail on Sunday

Product Details

Pages
192
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2009
Translator
Martin McLaughlin, Archibald Colquhoun, Tim Parks, Patrick Creagh
ISBN-10
0141189738
ISBN-13
9780141189734
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Author
Italo Calvino
Media
Book
Short Title
PATH TO THE SPIDERS NESTS
Series
Modern Classics (Penguin)
Residence
CU
Translated from
Italian
Language
English
Publication Date
2009-05-28
Audience
General/Trade