'Marcovaldo is an enchanting collection of stories, both melancholy and funny, about an Italian peasant's struggle to reconcile country habits with urban life.
Oblivious to the garish attractions of the town, Marcovaldo is the attentive recorder of natural phenomenon.
The reader's heart bleeds for Marcovaldo in his tenacious pursuit of lost domains, but the stories are full of mirth and fun.
They lie between farce and fantasy, combining comical disasters with a surrealistic view of city life through the eyes of an outsider...Nothing, as always with Calvino, is quite as it seems.
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