Italo Calvino | Critical Essay by Franco Ricci

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Italo Calvino.
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Critical Essay by Franco Ricci

SOURCE: “I racconti,” in Difficult Games: A Reading of I racconti by Italo Calvino, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990, pp. 5–17.

In the following essay, Ricci discusses the defining characteristics of the stories comprising I racconti, asserting that the unifying theme of the collection is “the journey of man from a position of communion with the world, in the early tales, towards an existential and hermetic solitude in the final novellas.”

In viewing Racconti as a text, one must come to terms with its component parts. There are 52 stories or tales, one for each week of the year, or for the number of cards in a modern deck (this not only presages The Castle of Crossed Destinies but underscores the combinatorial nature of the collection). The tales are divided into four books, one...

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