Il visconte dimezzato

Il visconte dimezzato❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ Il visconte dimezzato Author Italo Calvino – Heartforum.co.uk Trovi un edizione con copertina alternativa per questo ISBN qui Il narratore rievoca la storia dello zio, Medardo di Torralba, che, combattendo in Boemia contro i Turchi, tagliato a met da un colpo di Trovi un edizione con copertina alternativa per questo ISBN qui Il narratore rievoca la storia dello zio, Medardo di Torralba, che, combattendo in Boemia contro i Turchi, tagliato a met da un colpo di cannone Le due parti del corpo, perfettamente conservate, mostrano diversi caratteri la prima met Il visconte PDF/EPUB or mostra un indole crudele, infierisce sui sudditi e insidia la bella Pamela, mentre l altra met , quella buona, si prodiga per riparare ai misfatti dell altra e chiede in sposa Pamela I due viscconti dimezzati si sfidano a duello e nello scontro cominciano a sanguinare nelle rispettive parti monche Un medico ne approfitta per riunire le due met del corpo e restituire alla vita un visconte intero, in cui si mescolano male e bene.

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy , the Cosmicomics collection of short stories , and the novels Invisible Cities Il visconte PDF/EPUB or and If On a Winter s Night a Traveler His style is not easy to classify much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics , although sometimes his writing isrealistic and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Loves, for example Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply modern He wrote My working method hasoften than not involved the subtraction of weight I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

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  • 03 August 2017
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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Il visconte dimezzato The Cloven Viscount, Italo CalvinoThe Cloven Viscount Italian Il visconte dimezzato is a fantasy novel written by Italo Calvino It was first published by Einaudi Turin in 1952 and in English in 1962 by William Collins, with a translation by Archibald Colquhoun The Viscount Medardo of Terralba and his squire Kurt ride across the plague ravaged plain of Bohemia en route to join the Christian army in the Turkish wars of the seventeenth century On the first day of fig Il visconte dimezzato The Cloven Viscount, Italo CalvinoThe Cloven Viscount Italian Il visconte dimezzato is a fantasy novel written by Italo Calvino It was first published by Einaudi Turin in 1952 and in English in 1962 by William Collins, with a translation by Archibald Colquhoun The Viscount Medardo of Terralba and his squire Kurt ride across the plague ravaged plain of Bohemia en route to join the Christian army in the Turkish wars of the seventeenth century On the first day of fighting, a Turkish swordsman unhorses the inexperienced Viscount Fearless, he scrambles over the battlefield with sword bared, and is split in two by a cannonball hitting him square in the chest As a result of the injury, Viscount Medardo becomes two people Gramo the Bad and Buono the Good The army field doctors save Gramo through a stitching miracle the Viscount is alive and cloven With one eye and a dilated single nostril, he returns to Terralba, twisting the half mouth of his half face into a scissors like half smile Meanwhile, a group of hermits find Buono in the midst of a pile of dead bodies They tend to him and he recovers After a long pilgrimage, Buono returns home There are now two Viscounts in Terralba Gramo lives in the castle, Buono lives in the forest Gramo causes damage and pain, Buono does good deeds Pietrochiodo, the carpenter, isadept at building guillotines for Gramo than the machines requested by Buono Eventually, the villagers dislike both viscounts, as Gramo s malevolence provokes hostility and Buono s altruism provokes uneasiness Pamela, the peasant, prefers Buono to Gramo, but her parents want her to marry Gramo She is ordered to consent to Gramo s marriage proposal On the day of the wedding, Pamela marries Buono, because Gramo arrives late Gramo challenges Buono to a duel to decide who shall be Pamela s husband As a result, they are both severely wounded 1970 1346 132 115 9646976085 20 1382 120 9643621103 1389

  2. Glenn Russell says:

    My uncle was then in his first youth, the age in which confused feelings, not yet sifted, all rush into good and bad, the age in which every new experience, even macabre and inhuman, is palpitating and warm with love of life Vittore Carpaccio s 1510 painting, Young Knight in a Landscape, could have been an illustration for this Italo Calvino quote taken from the first pages of The Cloven Viscount, at a time in the story prior to a Turkish cannon firing a cannonball that split the poor Viscoun My uncle was then in his first youth, the age in which confused feelings, not yet sifted, all rush into good and bad, the age in which every new experience, even macabre and inhuman, is palpitating and warm with love of life Vittore Carpaccio s 1510 painting, Young Knight in a Landscape, could have been an illustration for this Italo Calvino quote taken from the first pages of The Cloven Viscount, at a time in the story prior to a Turkish cannon firing a cannonball that split the poor Viscount down the middle, leaving him with a right half and a left half Italo Calvino s short novel holds much in common with traditional Italian folktales the great author loved so dearly Also affinity with the fairy tales from the Brothers Grim In the spirit of Hansel and Gretel and Iron John, a twelve page retelling of The Cloven Viscount would make a lovely Grim style tale for all ages Published in 1952 when the author was thirty years old, The Cloven Viscount is a 100 page gem of fabulist literature, a macabre fantasy about a young Italian aristocrat, Viscount Medardo of Terralba, made Lieutenant in the war against the Turks and, after the aforementioned cannonball cloves the Viscount in two, his evil half returns to his homeland whereupon he goes on a rampage, murdering or torturing anybody and anything he can put his one hand on The good half eventually arrives and, following all varieties of drama, there s a climatic duel producing an unanticipated result the two half Viscounts are stitched back together into a whole man leading to a happily ever after ending.The tale is narrated though the eyes of the Viscount s young nephew and addresses a number of highly provocative, philosophical themes Here s a number I count among my favorites Status and Rank The young Viscount knows nothing of battle or war, yet he is made Lieutenant solely on his being an aristocrat The consequences are dire the guy doesn t have the brains not to stand directly in front of a cannon Likewise, when his evil half perpetrates atrocities back home in Terralba, men and women still call him the Viscount as if his rank at birth entitles him to act above the law and a basic sense of decency Italo Calvino lived through the rein of Il Duce and Italian Fascism Perhaps the author s novella serves as a warning of what can happen when leaders like Mussolini go unchecked The Nature of Good and Evil Many are the examples of the Viscount committing acts of pure evil torturing animals, murdering small children, burning homes to derive pleasure from the suffering of others Yet references and allusions are also given that matters are not quit so simple in nature there is always a mingling of opposites Frequently Italo Calvino put me in mind of the Chinese ying yang the black half containing a circle of white and the white half containing a circle of black To take one vivid example of the interconnectedness and complementariness between human and animal, Italo Calvino describes a horrific scene during the plague Over the bare plain were scattered tangled heaps of men s and women s corpses, naked, covered with plague boils, and, inexplicably at first, with feathers, as if those skinny legs and ribs had grown black feathers and wings These were the carcasses of vultures mingled with human remains Knowledge and Expertise At one point old carpenter Pietrochiodo tells the young narrator about the instruments of torture and death he has constructed with such expertise Just forget the purpose for which they re used and look at them as pieces of mechanism You see how fine they are One can only wonder at how many morally upstanding craftsman and scientists have applied their great knowledge only to see the products of their expertise used by leaders to cause unspeakable suffering on humanity A number of critics reviewing The Cloven Viscount have referenced the case of J Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb Nature of Artists and Writers Is the Viscount s eight year old nephew a stand in for artists and writers during a reign of terror a perceptive observer but someone denied any true power At the tale s conclusion, the narrator even misses his chance to leave the country via ship since at the time of the ships departure he was deep in the woods telling himself stories Ah, those artists and writers Love, Sweet Love Beautiful country lass Pamela with her goats and sheep and flowers becomes the object of love first for the Viscount and then for his good other half But what is the full range of Eros when a man, even as a member of the nobility, is only half a man By the way, at no point in the tale do we read of the raunchy humor of having a half penis Half ness and Wholeness If you ever become a half of yourself, and I hope you do for your own sake, my boy, you will understand things beyond the common intelligence of brains that are whole This as part of a philosophic soliloquy when the Viscount speaks to his nephew As I was reading, I had to ask myself When was the last time I encountered a person whole in any way As humans not only are we all cut in half as per the speech of Aristophanes in Plato s Symposium, where Aristophanes recounts how we all were once happy, rollicking, cartwheeling and round, complete with four arms and four legs but the gods became jealous and cut us in half Thus we move through life forever searching for our other half Added to this, we humans are cut again into quarters we are all kicked out of the present moment, forever reflecting back on the past and projecting into the future And yet again, we suffer a third whack, this time not so much a cut as a squash modern commercial society squashes us in the sense that we are forever comparing ourselves unfavorably to those men and women or children presented by mass media as the ideal.So here we are halved, quartered and squashed And the Viscount judges us whole Now that is truly twisted thinking Good thing for all around the Viscounts were sewed together in the story s final pages It might not be a 100% happily ever after ending but as humans it might be as good as it gets The maestro s view atop the world, Italo Calvino, 1923 1985

  3. Matthew Appleton says:

    55th book of 2020.A very bizarre, short novel from Calvino, published some five years after his debut, Path to the Spider s Nest The latter being a realist novel about the War, this isreminiscent of Calvino s later postmodern work The best way to explain this is by calling it a fairy tale, or a myth it is told in that way, quite simply It is about a Viscount who is blown perfectly in half by a cannonball, but lives Without any spoilers, the surviving half returns from the War against 55th book of 2020.A very bizarre, short novel from Calvino, published some five years after his debut, Path to the Spider s Nest The latter being a realist novel about the War, this isreminiscent of Calvino s later postmodern work The best way to explain this is by calling it a fairy tale, or a myth it is told in that way, quite simply It is about a Viscount who is blown perfectly in half by a cannonball, but lives Without any spoilers, the surviving half returns from the War against the Turks The coolest thing about the book is how wherever he goes he cuts things perfectly in half, so one finds halved mushrooms on the floor, halved pears in the trees, halved octopuses on the shoreline

  4. Mattia Ravasi says:

    Featured in my Top 5 Italo Calvino Books hilarious as it is thought provoking, poised perfectly halfway between Calvino s straight and quirky novels A great starting point for newbies and an immortal classic for everyone else Featured in my Top 5 Italo Calvino Books hilarious as it is thought provoking, poised perfectly halfway between Calvino s straight and quirky novels A great starting point for newbies and an immortal classic for everyone else

  5. Kamil says:

    It seems to be your typical metaphor of dualism of human nature, however the middle age renaissance fabulous setting and brilliant dark humour makes it quite special Aside from driving idea, Calvino, very intelligently, addresses the clannish, hermetic aspect of religion as well as love that can be driven by good as well as by evil Very intelligent and funny tiny book that can be read in one evening Strongly recommended.

  6. Jamie says:

    Now this is how you do a fable What a joy the language is, even in translation Not to mention each character, good and bad alike, equal parts lovable and bizarre Once again, the only reason I d want to have kids is to read them Calvino Now this is how you do a fable What a joy the language is, even in translation Not to mention each character, good and bad alike, equal parts lovable and bizarre Once again, the only reason I d want to have kids is to read them Calvino

  7. Uhtred says:

    This novel by Italo Calvino is from 1952 and is the first work of the trilogy of Our Ancestors, together with The baron in the trees and The nonexistent knight The story, told by the protagonist s nephew, is set in the 18th century The protagonist is Viscount Medardo di Terralba, who, having joined the Christian army, leaves with his squire to go and fight the Turks In the midst of an epic battle, Medardo is hit and split exactly in half by a cannon shot From the serious episode only the This novel by Italo Calvino is from 1952 and is the first work of the trilogy of Our Ancestors, together with The baron in the trees and The nonexistent knight The story, told by the protagonist s nephew, is set in the 18th century The protagonist is Viscount Medardo di Terralba, who, having joined the Christian army, leaves with his squire to go and fight the Turks In the midst of an epic battle, Medardo is hit and split exactly in half by a cannon shot From the serious episode only the bad half of Medardo seems to have been saved, who returns to Terralba and proves cruel and cynical, up to establishing a regime based on terror that crushes all the inhabitants of Terralba Medardo has no inhibitory brakes, and in order he confines his old nurse in the leper colony with invented accusations he tries to poison his nephew with mushrooms persecutes the country s Huguenots causes the death of his father Aiolfo, cruelly killing his favorite bird The bad Medardo, who in the meantime is nicknamed by all the Gramo the Bad , also asks a craftsman to build machines that divide everything they hit in half, almost to make the world as he has become In addition to Medardo and his nephew, we also know another strange character, Dr Trelawney, a doctor who moved to Terralba and who studies nothing less than the fatuous fires in cemeteries One day Medardo surprisingly gives his nephew a very precious ring and also saves him from a poisonous spider, getting bitten in his place The strangeness lasts a few pages then, both we and the nephew understand that this is the right side of the viscount,that it too survived the cannon fire and that, unlike the Bad, is exceptionally good, so much so that it is precisely nicknamed the Buono the Good The Good lives in the woods and when he is informed of what injustice the Bad is doing, he tries to remedy it It would seem a good story of Good versus Evil, but after a few pages, the Good also starts to feel a little unpleasant, because if the Bad is too bad, the good is too good, unbearably, nauseably, to the point to create he too situations that annoy the citizens of Terralba The conflict between the two is very intense, also because both of them like the same girl, Pamela, who, however, does not like either of them.The poor inhabitants of Terralba begin to have enough of both and so Dr Trelawney and Medardo s nephew begin to think about how to put the two halves of the viscount back together, to restore balance The occasion happened on the wedding day of Pamela, who was forced by her parents to marry one of the two halves of the viscount The Good arrives first at the ceremony and when the Bad also arrives they begin to quarrel and challenge each other to a duel During the fight the two injure each other with swords and Dr Trelawney will succeed in a very complex operation to sew them together, so Pamela will marry the whole viscount.Calvin s book is not only a story about Good versus Evil, it is also an attempt to combat all the divisions of Man, a desire that man become a complete whole, capable of carrying out all its parts, not just one at the expense of the others It is a fantastic story, of course, but which analyzes the psyche, feelings, actions, reactions, drives and desires of men in the face of the facts of life.And with regards to Good and Evil Calvino is very good at making the idea that neither Gramo nor Buono are perfect, that there is beauty and ugliness in both As for Marcovaldo, which I recently re read, Calvino always amazes me for the actuality of the topics between the pages, with his humor, he solicits questions and reflections, without however being heavy in style, instead remaining always very funny and ironic Great

  8. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Is this the strangest story I have ever read Truly I think it is Here s a plot summary from Wikipedia Decide for yourself The Viscount Medardo of Terralba and his squire Kurt ride across the plague ravaged plain of Bohemia en route to join the Christian army in the Turkish wars of the seventeenth century On the first day of fighting, a Turkish swordsman unhorses the inexperienced Viscount Fearless, he scrambles over the battlefield with sword bared, and is split in two by a cannonball hitt Is this the strangest story I have ever read Truly I think it is Here s a plot summary from Wikipedia Decide for yourself The Viscount Medardo of Terralba and his squire Kurt ride across the plague ravaged plain of Bohemia en route to join the Christian army in the Turkish wars of the seventeenth century On the first day of fighting, a Turkish swordsman unhorses the inexperienced Viscount Fearless, he scrambles over the battlefield with sword bared, and is split in two by a cannonball hitting him square in the chest.As a result of the injury, Viscount Medardo becomes two people Gramo the Bad and Buono the Good The army field doctors save Gramo through a stitching miracle the Viscount is alive and cloven 1 With one eye and a dilated single nostril, he returns to Terralba, twisting the half mouth of his half face into a scissors like half smile Meanwhile, a group of hermits find Buono in the midst of a pile of dead bodies They tend to him and he recovers After a long pilgrimage, Buono returns home.There are now two Viscounts in Terralba Gramo lives in the castle, Buono lives in the forest Gramo causes damage and pain, Buono does good deeds Pietrochiodo, the carpenter, isadept at building guillotines for Gramo than the machines requested by Buono Eventually, the villagers dislike both viscounts, as Gramo s malevolence provokes hostility and Buono s altruism provokes uneasiness.Pamela, the peasant, prefers Buono to Gramo, but her parents want her to marry Gramo She is ordered to consent to Gramo s marriage proposal On the day of the wedding, Pamela marries Buono, because Gramo arrives late Gramo challenges Buono to a duel to decide who shall be Pamela s husband As a result, they are both severely wounded.Dr Trelawney takes the two bodies and sews the two sides together Medardo finally is whole He and his wife Pamela now the Viscountess live happily together until the end of their days What in the world is the wise Italo Calvino trying to tell me

  9. Bjorn says:

    A short fairy tale like story about a nobleman who comes back from the war with the Turks horribly disfigured his entire left hand side has been shot to pieces or has it and the one eyed, one legged, one armed, half gutted, half brained but not half witted nobleman seems to have gone through a personality change it soon turns out that he s, well, evil He treats his subjects horribly, and he s also become obsessed with cutting things in half.Of course, after a while it turns out his left A short fairy tale like story about a nobleman who comes back from the war with the Turks horribly disfigured his entire left hand side has been shot to pieces or has it and the one eyed, one legged, one armed, half gutted, half brained but not half witted nobleman seems to have gone through a personality change it soon turns out that he s, well, evil He treats his subjects horribly, and he s also become obsessed with cutting things in half.Of course, after a while it turns out his left hand side wasn t obliterated at all, but only took longer to get back from the war since it had to stop and help people every step of the way Yes, his other side is so completely good it s sickening, and even though his subjects are happy at first to have a counter agent to the right hand viscount, it soon turns out that the left hand viscount is barely any use at all, since he absolutely refuses to do anything about the world he lives in or even judge his evil half.The Cloven Viscount is fun, a light read, playing around with the ideas of good and evil but ultimately not really saying much that hasn t been said in just about every fairytale ever written I did find some details interesting for instance, that the first sign that the first half viscount is evil comes in his completely unforgiving view of justice and his need to separate everything into good and evil halves.It s a likable enough story, it doesn t take itself too seriously and you ll breeze through it in two hours, but it s by far the most lightweight Calvino I ve read

  10. Tytti says:

    My first Calvino, and I have mixed feelings about this book I did think it was well written and reasonably clever but for some reason also very predictable to me I did pick up some of his criticism but I wasn t quite sure what was were his main target s At first I thought it might be the church and religion, and probably was that, too, but after reading a bit about his background it seems it might have been communism and right wing and also the cold war that had just heated in 1952 In t My first Calvino, and I have mixed feelings about this book I did think it was well written and reasonably clever but for some reason also very predictable to me I did pick up some of his criticism but I wasn t quite sure what was were his main target s At first I thought it might be the church and religion, and probably was that, too, but after reading a bit about his background it seems it might have been communism and right wing and also the cold war that had just heated in 1952 In that case maybe I, as a Finn, can be forgiven for not recognising that communism was represented by the GoodHis other books do interest me at least a bit but at the moment I don t feel like readingspeculative fiction.A longer review in Finnish in my blog

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