Italian Folktales

Recommended by Marina Warner, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #29 in Folklore, Ranked #52 in Italian

Meticulously selected and artfully recreated, the selection of stories in Italian is vast and ranges geographically from Corsica and Sicily to Venice and the Alps. Calvino is himself clearly captivated by the folkloric imagination and communicates this in what is a fascinating and rich addition to folk literature. less

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Marina Warner The literature of working people, the people who the communists wanted to include in culture rather than separate from it, was steeped in the exuberant fairy tale, and Calvino wanted to see that culture recognised. When he looked around he couldn’t see a book that did that and so he decided to do it himself. (Source)

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