Italo Calvino: Il Barone rampante [The Baron in the Trees] (4233 words)

Simona Wright (College of New Jersey)
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Published in 1957, Calvino’s utopian novel Il Barone rampante [The Baron in the Trees] is part of a trilogy, I nostri antenati [Our Ancestors], that occupied its author from 1952, date of the publication of The Cloven Viscount [Il visconte dimezzato], to 1959, when The Inexistent Knight [Il cavaliere inesistente] arrived in bookstores. With this ‘heraldic trilogy’ planned by the author himself as a narrative unity, Calvino aimed to reflect on the reality of contemporary society, and particularly on the condition of the individual in the twentieth century. However, as he stated in a “Note” to the …

Citation: Wright, Simona. "Il Barone rampante". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 August 2019 [, accessed 05 April 2020.]

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