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El Vizconde demediado by Italo Calvino
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El Vizconde demediado (original 1952; edition 1995)

by Italo Calvino, Esther Benítez (Translator)

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Title:El Vizconde demediado
Authors:Italo Calvino
Other authors:Esther Benítez (Translator)
Info:Barcelona : Círculo de Lectores, 1995
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Rating:****
Tags:Narrativa, Novel.la

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The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino (1952)

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A fable, told lightly, of the dark consequences of losing psychic integration. I think Calvino is using a Freudian framework here - a viscount is struck by a cannonball, and blown into two halves, one 'good' (the superego, concerned with the greater good and especially following rules) and one 'bad' (concerned only with satisfying its own vicious hungers). Except that both are, by themselves, unbearable. Peace can only be realized, the story implies, when both elements are integrated into a single self. I don't find this fable convincing, because I don't find it helpful to understand people primarily in terms of warring drives and controls, but if you like that premise, the cloven viscount is a grotesque but clever conceit. ( )
  bezoar44 | Apr 6, 2014 |
Idéias muito interessantes, como tanto o bem quanto o mal serem igualmente insuportáveis, mas um pouco clichê. Não tem a inventividade de outros livros dele. ( )
  JuliaBoechat | Mar 30, 2013 |
Au cours d'une bataille contre les Turcs, Médard de Terralba, chevalier génois, est coupé en deux par un boulet de canon. Ses deux moitiés continuent de vivre séparément, l'une faisant le bien, l'autre mutilant tout sur son passage. Ce conte est pétri d'humour et de cynisme. Le monde imaginaire de Calvino où des doigts coupés indiquent la route à suivre, où les lépreux vivent heureux a pourtant toutes les. couleurs du réel. Et le Vicomte pourfendu prouve avec brio que la vertu comme la perversité absolues sont également inhumaines.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
Another fantabulous fable from a wonderful weaver of tales.
Here we have a man cut in half (both literally and figuratively of course). It would be too easy to say, this is a story of man who's not complete. Sure it's that, but it's so much more (as all great art, it has layers).

In only 90 pages, it's also about everyone else reacting to this incompleteness. It's about how we do things without realizing it, and it's about how we see and act in the world through our own narrow lenses.

But the beauty of it is the way it's told, with that Calvino-esque fluidity that makes it seem natural and real (but it's just a fairy tale...), and just-the-way-it-is. And the thing is, all those layers of meaning, they're there because the story is true... ( )
2 vote donato | Aug 26, 2011 |
Non perdetevi la lettura del romanzo prodotta da radio tre e disponibile in formato .mp3 presso il forum http://podcasthall.forumcommunity.net/ ( )
  Ruitor2 | Jun 13, 2011 |
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A fantasy about a nobleman bisected into his good and evil halves. "Executed with brilliance and brio"(Chicago Tribune). Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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