Numbers in the Dark – Tales & Dialogues 1968-1984 by Italo Calvino

As with the opening collection dating fromthe first half of his career, these collected stories never amount to much ontheir own, nor in this collection. There are a few notable exceptions, but theonly story that works well is “The Memoirs of Casanova”: a really exciting andoriginal take on love and knowing people. There are a few stories taken fromCalvino’s Cosmicomics series which work well, but don’t really belong here,though it’s nice to find them floating off kind of on their own. The fewdialogues in the collection amount to an interesting new approach for Calvino,but one he doesn’t take up with any determination; he must have seen the formas wanting somehow, and it is.

Mr A

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