Collection of Sand

Collection of Sand

Essays

Book - 2013
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"Just like every collection, this one is a diary as well: a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moods . . . The fascination of a collection lies just as much in what it reveals as in what it conceals of the secret urge that led to its creation." -- from Collection of Sand

Italo Calvino's unbounded curiosity and masterly imagination are displayed in peak form in Collection of Sand , the last of his works published during his lifetime. Here he applies his graceful intellect to the delights of the visual world, in essays on subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens. Never before translated into English, Collection of Sand is an incisive and often surprising meditation on observation and knowledge, the difference between the world as we perceive it and the world as it is.

"Beautifully translated by Martin McLaughlin . . . To read [ Collection of Sand ] is to enter the presence of an exceptionally fervent and fertile mind . . . A brilliant collection that may change the way you see the world around you." -- PD Smith, Guardian
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9780544146464
0544146468
Branch Call Number: Literature 854.914 Cal

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Tyler__J Jan 25, 2016

While many are familiar with Calvino's fiction, few know about his delightful essays. His playful imagination and elegant style make subjects you had no previous interest in suddenly fascinating.

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