An occasional "incursion" into the territory of memory: Italo Calvino's entry into the war as a testimony to the trauma and growth

Bedin C.

CRITICA LETTERARIA, vol.46, pp.781-801, 2018 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Title of Journal : CRITICA LETTERARIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.781-801


The article aims to define some characteristics of Calvino's autobiographical writing. The importance of historical events and of the related trauma is emphasized in the representation of the figure of the young Calvino, caught in the critical passage from adolescence to adulthood. It is possible to conclude that this thin book marks a moment of transition in Calvino's narrative that will ultimately result in the editorial project of the Italian Folktales.