Italo Calvino

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Top 10 books about space travel | Samantha Cristoforetti
The Italian astronaut chooses her favourite extraterrestrial reading, taking in fiction by Italo Calvino and Stanisław Lem alongside reportage and history

Samantha Cristoforetti

02, Sep, 2020 @12:00 PM

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The Penguin Book of Oulipo review – writing, a user's manual
Lovers of word games and literary puzzles will relish this indispensable anthology celebrating Perec, Calvino and many others

Tony White

18, Dec, 2019 @7:30 AM

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'Everything could go wrong': Invisible Cities takes over Brisbane warehouse in massive show
The multi-faceted adaptation of Italo Calvino’s novel is being billed as Brisbane festival’s most ambitious piece to date

Brigid Delaney

25, Sep, 2019 @6:35 AM

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The week in theatre: Tree; Invisible Cities; Peter Gynt – review
Tree is less exciting than the row about its authorship

Susannah Clapp

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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How do you bring a derelict Manchester train station back to life?
59 Productions’ adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities will transform Mayfield depot for the Manchester international festival

Tony Naylor

14, Jun, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Top 10 books about building cities | Jonathan Carr
From Mary Beard’s Roman history to Kim Stanley Robinson’s science fiction, Jonathan Carr chooses the best writing about citizens’ eternal challenges

Jonathan Carr

13, Mar, 2019 @12:25 PM

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‘If Ferrante is a friend, Ginzburg is a mentor’: the complex world of Natalia Ginzburg
Long famous in Italy, the writer is gaining readers in Britain with her vivid depictions of family life, the female experience, postwar hardship and hope

Lara Feigel

25, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Top 10 genre-twisting novels | Alan Trotter
From Cervantes’ warping of chivalric romance to Flann O’Brien’s narrative games, novelist Alan Trotter picks his favourite convention-smashing tales

Alan Trotter

13, Feb, 2019 @11:48 AM

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Top 10 fictional booksellers
From Italo Calvino to Iain Sinclair and Alison Bechdel, literary retailers have been at the centre of some wild, dark dramas

Bartholomew Bennett

12, Dec, 2018 @10:33 AM

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Top 10 parallel narratives
From Philip Roth to Zadie Smith, Lisa Halliday selects some of the best novels using formal adventures to bridge the ‘impassable gaps’ in our world

Lisa Halliday

07, Mar, 2018 @9:42 AM

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures
Nicholas Lezard’s paperback of the week: brief, paradoxical and deeply satisfying, these unusual pieces of literary criticism contain a universe

Nicholas Lezard

23, Aug, 2016 @8:29 AM

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Ian McEwan's unborn baby – and other strange narrators
Nutshell, his forthcoming novel, is told from inside a mother’s womb. It’s a strikingly unusual point of view – do any others outdo it for oddness?

Alison Flood

14, Jun, 2016 @3:09 PM

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