Italo Calvino, Il Cavaliere inesistente [The Nonexistent Knight]

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Simona Wright (College of New Jersey)

Italo Calvino’s chivalric novella, Il cavaliere inesistente [The Nonexistent Knight], is written in the form of an act of penance by a cloistered nun, sister Theodora, an omniscient narrator who plays a critical part in the story (Barrett 1992). Published in 1959 and included in the trilogy of the Antenati [Our Ancestors 1960], it is the last of the three allegorical tales whose protagonists — Medardo, of Il visconte dimezzato [The Cloven Viscount 1952], Cosimo, of Il barone rampante [The Baron in the Trees 1957], and Agilulf, of this work — form Calvino’s genealogic tree of the archetypal forebears of …

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Citation: Wright, Simona. "Il Cavaliere inesistente". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 August 2019 [, accessed 06 February 2023.]

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