Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno  by Italo Calvino

Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno

Italo Calvino

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Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno è il primo romanzo di Italo Calvino. Pubblicato nel 1947 da Einaudi, è ambientato in Liguria all'epoca della seconda guerra mondiale e della Resistenza partigiana. Nonostante una certa propensione per la dimensione fantastica, determinata dal fatto che gli eventi vengono narrati attraverso il punto di vista di un bambino, può ascriversi, assieme alla raccolta Ultimo viene il corvo (1949), alla corrente neorealista.

Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno. (2021, March 6). In Wikipedia.

The Path to the Nest of Spiders (Italian: Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno) is a 1947 novel by the Italian writer Italo Calvino. The narrative is a coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of World War II. It was Calvino's first novel. Pin, an orphaned cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast, lives with his sister, a prostitute and spends as much time as he can at a seedy bar where he amuses the adult patrons.. After stealing a pistol from a Nazi sailor, Pin searches for an identity with a partisan group. All the while, the people he meets mock him without his knowing. The title refers to Pin's secret hiding place, directions to which he touts as a prize to any adults who win his trust.

The Path to the Nest of Spiders. (2020, November 17). In Wikipedia.

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This is a great book to start reading Italian. It's Calvino's debut novel, set during World War 2 and follows an orphan, Pin, living in Liguria with his sister. It's a beautiful story about growing up, I first read it 4 years ago and loved it. The Italian is B1-B2 standard so perfect if you're getting into reading Italian.