The Road to San Giovanni by Italo Calvino - review by Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson

Refusing to be Glum

The Road to San Giovanni


Jonathan Cape 144pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

It was an act of youthful presumption to telephone Italo Calvino without an introduction. To my amazement and delight the great modernist agreed to meet me in Rome.

Talking to Calvino in his flat near the Pantheon I was astonished by the mandarin diversity of his interests. Conversation ranged from his birth in Cuba to the Italian cinema, from his days as a partisan in the Resistance to French waste disposal units (all of which one can read

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