Last Comes the Raven and Other Stories by Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein

Last Comes the Raven and Other Stories

Last Comes the Raven and Other Stories by Italo Calvino, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
English | 2021|General Fiction/Classics| ePUB | 7 MB

The first complete English-language edition of one of Calvino’s important early short story collections.

Blending reality and illusion with elegance and precision, the stories in this collection—one of Calvino’s earliest—take place in a World War II–era and postwar Italy tinged with the visionary and fablelike qualities that would come to define this master storyteller’s later style. A trio of gluttonous burglars invade a pastry shop; two children trespass upon a forbidden garden; a wealthy family invites a rustic goatherd to lunch, only to mock him. In the title story, a compact masterpiece of shifting perspectives, a panicked soldier tries to keep his wits—and his life—when he faces off against a young partisan with a loaded rifle and miraculous aim. Throughout, Calvino delights in discovering hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life.

Stories from Last Comes the Raven have been published in translation, but the collection as a whole has never appeared in English. This volume, including several stories newly translated by Ann Goldstein, is an important addition to Calvino’s legacy.


Adam, One Afternoon
A Ship Loaded with Crabs
The Enchanted Garden
Dawn in the Bare Branches
From Father to Son
Man in the Wasteland
The Master’s Eye
Lazy Sons
A Goatherd at Luncheon
The Bagnasco Brothers
The House of the Beehives
The Same Thing as Blood
The Wait for Death in a Hotel
Anguish in the Barracks
Fear on the Footpath
Hunger at Bévera
Going to Headquarters
Last Comes the Raven
One of the Three Is Still Alive
Animal Woods
Seen in the Cafeteria
Theft in a Pastry Shop
Dollars and Old Whores
The Adventure of a Soldier
Sleeping like Dogs
Desire in November
A Judge Is Hanged
The Cat and the Policeman
Who Put the Mine in the Sea?

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