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Seminar Week 8


Read Calvino's 1964 preface to Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno


  • What were Calvino’s stated motivations for writing Il sentiero?
  • How does he describe the collective feeling in Italy at the time of his writing (i.e. at the end of WW2) ?
  • What does he say about neo-realism?
  • How does he view his first novel?
  • What does he say about Chapter 9 of the novel?
  • What comments does he make about characterisation in the novel?
  • Why did he choose to write in the third person from the perspective of a child?
  • What does he say about the memory of the resistance?