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Difficult Loves (1984) [Collection]
by Italo Calvino Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Blending reality and illusion with elegance and precision, Italy's master storyteller weaves into these tales instants of recognition in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love - frequently self-love - are swept away. Three gluttonous burglars invade a pastry shop, a young clerk leaves a lady's bed at dawn, a young woman is isolated from bathers on a beach by the loss of her bikini bottom, two children trespass upon a forbidden garden - each of them discovering hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life.


  • Riviera Stories
    • Adam, One Afternoon
    • The Enchanted Garden
    • A Goatherd at Luncheon
    • The House of the Beehives
    • Big Fish, Little Fish
    • A Ship Loaded with Crabs
    • Man in the Wasteland
    • Lazy Sons
  • Wartime Stories
    • Fear on the Footpath
    • Hunger at Bevera
    • Going to Headquarters
    • The Crow Comes Last
    • One of the Three Is Still Alive
    • Animal Woods
    • Mine Fields
  • Postwar Stories
    • Theft in a Pastry Shop
    • Dollars and the Demimondaine
    • Sleeping Like Dogs
    • Desire in November
    • Transit Bed
  • Stories of Love and Loneliness
    • The Adventure of a Soldier
    • The Adventure of a Bather
    • The Adventure of a Clerk
    • The Adventure of a Photographer
    • The Adventure of a Traveler
    • The Adventure of a Reader
    • The Adventure of a Nearsighted Man
    • The Adventure of a Poet

Original title: Difficult Loves
Original languages: Italian


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

The following works are contained within this one:
     Adam, One Afternoon (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     Enchanted Garden, the (1948) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     Goatherd at Luncheon, a (1948) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     Going to Headquarters (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     Hunger at Bévera (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     House of the Beehives, the (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     Fear on the Footpath (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino

Edition #1: Difficult Loves

Difficult Loves (1984)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: William Weaver Archibald Colquhoun Peggy Wright
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Difficult Loves (1985)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Orlando
Publisher: Helen & Kurt Wolff Books
ISBN: 0156260557
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.9 x 0.6 in
Pages: 300

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