Marcovaldo or The seasons of the city Author:Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translator) Marcovaldo the irrepressible dreamer, Marcovaldo the inveterate schemer. An unskilled worker in a drab northern Italian industrial city of the 1950s and 1960s, Marcovaldo has a practiced eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable longing to come a little closer to the unspoiled world of his imagining. Much to the puxxlement of his wife,... more » his children, his boss, and his neighbors, he chases his dreams, gives rein to his fantasies, tries -- with more ingenuousness than skill -- to lessen his burden and that of those around him. The results are never the anticipated ones.
In twenty stories of striking charm and exuberant originality, Italo Calvino creates a memorable portrait, recounting Marcovaldo's adventures with grace, verve, and wit.
First published in 1963; English translation from 1983.