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The Baron in the Trees

by Italo Calvino

Literary Fiction

The Baron in the Trees Synopsis

A gorgeous new edition of a playful, romantic fable by one of the twentieth century's master storytellers.

From the age of twelve, the Baron Cosimo Piovasco di Rondo makes his home among ash, elm, magnolia, plum and almond, living up in the trees. He walks through paths made from the twisted branches of olive, makes his bed in a holly oak, bathes in a fountain constructed from poplar bark. An aerial library holds the books with which he educates himself in philosophy and mathematics. Suspended among the leaves, the Baron adventures with bandits and pirates, conducts a passionate love affair, and watches the Age of Enlightenment pass by beneath him.

The Baron in the Trees Press Reviews

Calvino is a wizard - New York Review of Books

The most magically ingenious of the contemporary Italian novelists - The Times

Breathtakingly inventive -- David Mitchell

Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends -- Salman Rushdie -

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ISBN: 9781784874216
Publication date: 28/01/2019
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784874216
Publication date: 28th January 2019
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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