|Path to the Spiders' Nest, the (1947) [Novel]|
by Italo Calvino
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(From the publisher):
Italo Calvino's debut novel, first published in 1947, tells the story of Pin, a cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast during World War II. He lives with his sister, a prostitute, and spends as much time as he can at the lowlife bar where he amuses the grownups. When his friends dare him to steal a pistol from a Nazi soldier, Pin sets off on a series of picaresque adventures with a band of partisans. Calvino's portrayal of this band, seen through the eyes of the child, is not only a revealing commentary on the Italian Resistance, but also an insightful coming-of-age story.
Original title: Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II→ General