For the first time in paperback–a volume of thirty-seven diabolically inventive stories, fables, and "impossible interviews" from one of the great fantasists of the 20th century, displaying the full breadth of his vision and wit. Written between 1943 and 1984 and masterfully translated by Tim Parks, the fictions in Numbers in the Dark display all of Calvino’s dazzling gifts: whimsy and horror, exuberance of style, and a cheerful grasp of the absurdities of the human condition.
Italo Calvino’s works include Numbers in the Dark, The Road to San Giovanni, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, The Baron in the Trees, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Invisible Cities, Marcovaldo, and Mr. Palomar. He died in… More about Italo Calvino
“The curious quirks that would shape Calvino’s eccentric orbit can be described, along with the exuberant talent and sense of magic that would make that orbit a flaming one.” -Los Angeles Times
“With seventeen books in print, Italo Calvino enjoys a privilege that few foreign writers ever achieve here: virtually all his works can be read in English… Calvino’s ready availability is of course a sign (and support) of his canonical status in world literature, the capacity of his fiction to be significant in many different cultures… Tim Park’s translation is perfectly in tune with the various dialects and discourses that Calvino assimilated during his career. By the ’80s his supple Italian was tossing off polylingual arpeggios, technical jargons, nonce words… More than accurate and readable [Park’s] version is inventive.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Numbers in the Dark is a glorious grab bag… with gems from every phase in Calvino’s career.” – San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review
“Warmly and expertly translated by Tim Parks, a gifted writer himself.” -Esquire