By Italo Calvino
These 3 tales, set throughout the summer time of 1940, draw on Italo Calvino’s thoughts of his personal early life in the course of the moment international conflict, too younger to be compelled to struggle in Mussolini’s military yet the right age to be conscripted into the Italian formative years brigades. The callow narrator of those stories observes the mounting unease of a urban girding itself for struggle, the looting of an occupied French city, and night revels in the course of a blackout. showing the following in its first English translation, Into the War is certainly one of Calvino’s merely works of autobiographical fiction. It bargains either a glimpse of this writer’s impressive existence and a distilled dram of his wry, inventive literary voice.
“All 3 tales attest to the very likely magical, transformative house of formative years . . . The seeds of the later Calvino — the fabulist who labored profound ethical and moral issues into his narratives — are all here.” — Joseph Luzzi, Times Literary Supplement