Translated by Tim Parks.
With a Foreword by Esther Calvino.
'Brimming with Calvino's beautifully crafted prose, dry humour and continual questioning of his own writing and memory' Observer.
The Road to San Giovanni contains five autobiographical essays – fascinating expeditions through the memories of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. In these elegant meditations Calvino delves into his past, remembering awkward childhood walks with his father, a lifelong obsession with the cinema and fighting in the Italian Resistance against the Fascists. He also muses on the social contract, language and sensations associated with emptying the kitchen rubbish and the shape he would, if asked, consider the world. These reflections on the nature of memory itself are engaging, witty, and lit through with Calvino's alchemical brilliance.
'Urbane and always elegant . . . shows us what a master we have lost in Italo Calvino' Literary Review.