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The Written and the Unwritten World by Italo Calvino

…most of the pieces in The Written World and the Unwritten World, dating from 1952 to Calvino’s unexpected death in 1985, are only now making their appearance in English (in translations by Ann Goldstein). Why such a delay? It certainly isn’t a matter of quality control: reading this book is time spent with a first-rate mind. Whether discussing translation, the trial of Galileo, fantasy literature or the evolution of the brain, Calvino writes with glimmering insight and wit. Read more

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