The Baron in the Trees (1959) by Italo Calvino


Critical Assessment "Calvino, it seemed to me, had managed effortlessly what no author in English could quite claim: his novels and stories and fables were both classically modernist and giddily postmodern, embracing both experiment and tradition, at once conceptual and humane, intimate and mythic. Calvino, with his frequent references to comics and folktales and film, and his droll probing of contemporary scientific and philosophical theories, had encompassed motifs associated with brows both high and low in an internationally lucid style, one wholly his own." Jonathan Lethem, "Italo for Beginners," The New York Times, November 20, 2005. First Excerpt "I have mentioned [...]