This is a collection of short stories by Calvino, originally published in Italian as “ Gli Amori Difficili.” Calvino () was born in Cuba, but spent the majority . Get this from a library! Gli amori difficili. [Italo Calvino]. Gli amori difficili by Italo Calvino, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino. Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino. Tales of love and loneliness in which the author blends reality and illusion. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. Paperbackpages. Published September 23rd by Mariner Books first published vifficili To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Difficult Lovesplease sign up.

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So where do you recommend I start with Calvino? Li Jia Li Invisible Cities. See 1 question about Difficult Loves…. Lists with This Book. People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel. An immensely gifted writer, Calvino displayed his genius in this collection by plucking the ignored or trivial fragments of moments we experience at one point or another in our lives and weaved them together to present these gems of short stories.

How vividly he captured the minute happenings around us and served People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But people will never forget how you made them feel. How vividly he captured the minute happenings around us and served us some riveting tales makes me revered in awe of him.

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There is some confusion in regards to the edition of this book as I gathered from other reviews here that most of them have read the edition containing following four parts: Mine edition however has three sections namely: Difficult Loves is the highlight of this collection containing 11 short stories ranging between pages and every single one of them wowed me by their brevity and impactful writing.

There is no wild imagination on display here but rather simple, accessible writing about simple people. With each story, Calvino gracefully unearths the most complicated emotions buried deep inside various characters and talks about loves that are difficult to embrace in the world driven by conventions and morals.

The underlying theme remains the same. Smog revolves around a man who re-locates to a different city which has for long been victimized of industrial pollution and how he got used to the so-called polluted air around him and consequently made him see the difference between human beings he had known for life and those whom he had known for a short period of time and how in the process he started noticing things he had long ignored throughout his life.

Calvino has beautifully captured the love story between two characters which again is not according to the conventional standards of love. A passage I particularly liked: And I was unhappy.

But how could she understood this unhappiness of mine? There are those who condemn themselves to the most gray, mediocre life because they have suffered some misfortune; but there are also those who do the same thing because their good fortune is greater than they feel they can sustain.


Calvino lovingly carries his readers alongside him, and makes them experience the world through his words and makes them experience their own world through his creativity.

An ideal companion, who understands you and makes you understand him by displaying virtuosity of a master story-teller. View all 46 comments. This was my seventh Calvino, and how ever many other books of his I get to read in the future, I simply can’t see anything topping the masterpiece that was ‘Invisible Cities’. This collection of short stories does see Calvino in wonderful form though, but as we are dealing with 28 pieces in all, some were obviously better than others.

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It felt a bit like an album with a few tracks too many. But this is Calvino. Even a sub-par Calvino isn’t worth pressing the skip button for. Calvino was one of th This was my seventh Calvino, and how ever many other books of his I get to read in the future, I simply can’t see anything topping the masterpiece that was ‘Invisible Cities’.

Calvino was one of the master tricksters of 20th century literature, an author who builds an imaginary stage of words around the reader, until the reader almost becomes the protagonist themselves. Enchanted Gardens, playing with toads, that sort of thing. These were fatalistic evocations of the unglamorous and deadly aspects of life during wartime: One story tells of the worst shot in the village hunting down a German soldier in the forests, which felt like a mini neo-folktale, leading to Calvino to compile the Italian Folktales.

Arguably, some of the best were saved until last, ‘Stories of Love and Loneliness’ written in the fifties, sees Calvino slowly began to break from realism for the richer depths of philosophy, myth and fantasy. These stores are all similarly titled ‘Adventure of a Including – Soldier, Bather, Photographer, and traveller. All explore similar ideas, with brief moments of universal comprehension and ignorance arising cifficili everyday life.

We see a man on train who meets a woman, yes just like in the movies, and another tells of the embarrassing moment when a female bather somehow manages to lose her swimsuit in the sea.

Calvino is as interested in how we mean something as in what we mean. In his world, a ship can show the truth like a book, and a pair of glasses can block recognition better than a wall.

From an adolescent child courting with gifts from natures treasure chest, to a modest clerk fresh from a one night stand, the characters of Difficult Loves scurry about their lives searching for human communication. View all 11 comments. Both fabulists collected, edited, and reinterpreted older popular tales; both also wrote their own. For them the core of fiction could be extracted from amoei genre. And at least for Calvino, an Agronomist, that is where the seeds of his literary abilities germinated.

Unlike the The DecameronDifficult loves does not have a framing story. There is however a story about the way they have been framed. My Spanish translation follows the arrangement and grouping of the Italian Einaudi edition from The English edition is different. Cakvino Italian presented thirteen very short stories under the subtitle Difficult Loves Gli amori difficili and a couple of longer tales under Difficult Lives La vita difficile.

The version in English does not include the last two and instead incorporates many other stories grouped as the Riviera, War and Postwar Tales. The story behind the proper thirteen Difficult Loves also has its own suspense.


They were written along a period of two decades: This last one, the ‘Adventure of a Motorist’, stands out. It could not have been calvimo in when they were grouped with many others as I Raconti The Stories. Their titles were also generated later, when they were translated into French in They were then unified by their shared part of their individual titles.

I have expanded on this, possibly dry, account of the editorial history of Difficult Loves because I think it illustrates the difficulties of vli a collection of short cavlino and of gaining an opinion of the writing of any one author based on a reading experience of a few–and probably closely consecutive—sittings. Particularly when they correspond to a protracted and complex creative period as is the case with these.

To this difficulty for it is not just the loves that are difficult the Italian edition added another one. It included a remarkable Preface–with no signature.

Surprisingly, this Preface has not been included in the English edition. Determinant for me, the Spanish edition has it and since it dates fromit reveals that Calvino himself wrote it. The hidden and revealed authorship transforms the Preface into an uncanny reading.

He talks in difgicili person of the influences that shaped his writing and his career. These are personal, political, ideological, philosophical and literary. He gll provides a literary analysis, a criticism of his themes, style and imagery.

Providentially I left the Preface for the end reading it as a Postface. But nonetheless, this edition now seems like a mockery. Calvino, hiding his authorship, is guiding our reading of the author Calvino. His notorious explorations of the role and power and limitations of the author–and particularly of the reader–have been taken out of their fictional framework. Wearing the mask of conventional roles he is subverting even his Modernist experiments.

And that is why I cannot tell you my opinion of these tales. Behind mine one would be able to read the lines of the supreme Favolatore. View all 22 comments. Oct 28, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: The four discrete sections were originally published in separate volumes. However, what stands out about the collection is the organic growth that occurs over the duration of the stories.

In effect, we see boys growing into men, and girls growing into women. And Calvino growing into an artist. Even though Calvino had just experienced the war, it seemed to be important that he doc My Real Life This is a collection of short stories that Italo Calvino wrote over about ten years, following World War II. Even though Calvino had just experienced the war, it seemed to be important that he document childhood first, almost as if the war hadn’t occurred. Childhood seemed to go on regardless of what was happening around it.

The consequences of war really only became apparent when the boys were old enough to play a role, even one as responsible as shooting the real enemy with guns that once would have been used to kill that evening’s meal.