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Calvino, Italo (Translated by William Weaver, Peggy Wright & Archibald Colquhoun) . DIFFICULT LOVES. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest collections of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents "Gli amori difficili" in a felicitous English translation. Here are thirty short stories written at the height of Italo Calvino's powers, divided into four sections: "Riviera Stories", "Wartime Stories", "Postwar Stories", and "Stories of Love And Loneliness". Now universally acknowledged as one of Italo Calvino's finest achievements, even the most pessimistic chronicler of love-as-failure praised the collection's publication in English: "Tales of love in which the author blends reality and illusion. The quirkiness and grace of the writing, the originality of the imagination at work, and a certain lovable nuttiness make this collection well worth reading" (Margaret Atwood). Published the year before Calvino's untimely death, this is a "must-have" title for Italo Calvino collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for more than twenty-five years and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Most copies (of both the British and American Editions) available online have major flaws but are priced as though they had collectible value. A very scarce copy thus. The greatest Italian writer of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ITALO CALVINO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151256101. $50.00

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