Calvino News Articles
Includes, possibly, more accurate links to some of the below reviews and a few surprises.
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Audio Special: Celebrating Italo Calvino
Very nice! " A tribute to Italo Calvino, featuring comments by Umberto Eco, Carlos Fuentes and Salman Rushdie, and readings by Maria Tucci, Katherine Borowitz, Wallace Shawn and John Hilner. The event was organized by Giovanna Calvino and held on Oct. 22, 1999 at The Cooper Union in New York."
"The Parallels!" Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges
By John Barth in Context: A Forum for Litery Arts and Culture.
Italo Calvino: The Road to Eternity
Anonymous story relating Mr Palomar to Calvino's death on NetguruIndia.
Reviews of The Hermit in Paris (excerpt at the Paris Review)
"Missing you already"
Philip Hensher at The Observer
"Italo Calvino's autobiographical notes collected to good effect"
Rex Roberts at The Washington Times.
"Inventing Calvino: Hermit in Paris"
Review by Michael Mewshaw of the LA Times (hosted at Sicilian Culture)
"Agile Among the Tombs"
By Michael Wood, from the NY Review of Books, July 14, 1994, The Road to San Giovanni, Six Memos for the Next Millenium, Before You Can Say Hello, and the lecture, "Cybernetics and Ghosts," are discussed.
A review of Fantastic Tales
By Phoebe-Lou Adams, The Atlantic, Dec. 1997.
A review of Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories
Salon Magazine. Dec. 2, 1995.
SA Review of The Cloven Discount
By Rhys Hughes
Six Memos for the Next Millennium
Harvard University Press Calvino page where review blurbs of Six Memos by Robert Coover, Michael Wood, Richard Eder, Jonathan Coe, and Brad Leithauser can be found.
"In Defence of the Classics," a review of Why Read the Classics?
By Stephen Wade, Contemporary Review, Nov. 1999
A review of Invisible Cities
By David Chess, an informal, non-scholarly review of Invisible Cities.
The Literary Moose reviews Invisible Cities
"Invisible Cities is a fable, but the experience may vary depending on your set of expectations, books you have read, histories you have heard, your own personal history."
Who Won? Who Cares?
Skip the latest ballot reviews and read Italo Calvino's brilliant election novella "The Watcher." By John Wilson in Christianity Today. May 14, 2001
If on a winter's night a traveller: written by aliens, read by fictional constructs
Deconstructing the author, origin. Tadhg O'Higgins May 30, 1999
A review by a Borders employee of If On a Winter's Night a Traveller
Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works: book by Italo Calvino
"My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Calvino tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Calvino worthy; in sum, to help you rank Calvino (and the listed works) on your personal literary "to do" list."
NYU Conference on Calvino
Conference schedule of April 12-13, 1999.
Course Notes on Metafiction
Denying the author in If on a winter's night a traveler
By Paul Smethurst
Italian 198: Italo Calvino-The Poetics of Lightness
Link to a student discussion board. Unfortunately several links are now dead. By Laura Benedetti
Online Literary Criticism Collection at MIT: Italo Calvino
The Internet Public Library has a few links.
New York Times Articles
Following are numerous links, many of them to the NY Times archival database of Calvino book reviews. If you do not already take advantage of the NY Times site, you will have to register before entering, a matter of thirty seconds. You will need to search for the article. The articles are available only for purchase.
"Visiting Italo Calvino"
By Francine du Plessix Gray, NY Times, June 21, 1981. Gray visits Calvino and spouse, Chichita, at Calvino's Rome home.
"Reading and Writing; Fabulous Traveler"
By Herbert Mitgang, NY Times, May 1, 1983. An article gleaned from an early 1980's visit to Manhattan by Calvino.
"A Top Italian Writer is Making Inroads in the US"
By Edwin McDowell, NY Times, Nov. 26, 1984. Mount Holyhoke College awards Calvino an honorary degree and plans to lecture at Harvard are mentioned, among matters of more general interest.
"The Heirs of Calvino and the Eco Effect"
By Sergio Perosa, NY Times, Aug. 16, 1987.
"Books of the Times," a review of If on a winter's night a traveler
By John Leonard, NY Times, May 5, 1981.
"A Romance of the Reader," a review of If on a winter's night a traveler
By Michael Wood, NY Times, June 21, 1981.
"The Sensual Philosopher," a review of Mr. Palomar
By Seamus Heaney, NY Times, Sept. 29, 1985.
"Books of the Times," a review of Mr. Palomar
By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, NY Times, Sept. 26, 1985.
"Books of the Times, Memoir Fragments from Calvino," a review of The Road to San Giovanni
By Herbert Mitgang, NY Times, Dec. 24, 1993.
"Books of the Times," a review of The Uses of Literature
By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, NY Times, Oct. 27, 1986.
"Books of the Time," a review of Marcovaldo Or The Seasons in the City
By Anatole Broyard, NY Times, Nov. 9, 1983.
"Calvino's Urban Allegories," a review of Marcovaldo
By Franco Ferrucci, NY Times, Jan. 22, 1984.
"The Promised Land of Literature," a review of Six Memos for the Next Millennium
By Robert Coover, NY Times, March 20, 1988.
"The Sum of His Parts," a review of The Road to San Giovanni
By Lawrence Venuti, NY Times, Oct. 10, 1993.
"Mouth, Ear, Nose," a review of Under the Jaguar Sun
By Cynthia Ozick, NY Times, Oct. 23, 1988.
"The Sorceror as Apprentice," a review of Difficult Loves
By Margaret Atwood, NY Times, Oct. 7, 1984.
"Books of the Times," a review of Difficult Loves
By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, NY Times, Sept. 25, 1984.
"Cosmicommunist," a review of Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories
By Lawrence Venuti, NY Times, Nov. 26, 1995.
Book Notes: regarding world rights to Calvino's books
By Edwin McDowell, Aug. 16, 1989. NY Times.
"Readers, Writers and Literary Machines"
By Italo Calvino, Sept. 7, 1986. NY Times. "This essay was adapted from a lecture by Italo Calvino delivered in Italy in 1967."
-Updated June 9, 2004; Outside the Town of Malbork was first programmed in Jan. 1999.