Il libro dello spreco. Sullo "stile tardo" di Italo Calvino

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The book of waste. On the "late style" of Italo Calvino

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Abstract

In 1967 Italo Calvino moved to Paris and programmatically decided to enter into his old age. This choice also influences the style of his following narrative production. In this perspective, my essay faces the novel If on a winter’s night a traveller looking at the notion of late style coined by Theodor W. Adorno, which assumes the closeness of the death to the author as the cause of a divergence between artistic conventions and his subjectivity. I will try to show how the formal waste of the selfless virtuosic novel actually reflects its author’s ethics of difficulty. According to Calvino everything, men and books, needs to be justified by a project that implies «voluntary choices» and «active renunciations».
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The book of waste. On the "late style" of Italo Calvino
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalEnthymema
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Italo Calvino
  • Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore
  • Theodor W. Adorno
  • Late style
  • Modernità letteraria
  • If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • Stile tardo

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