Italo Calvino

A strong contender of the Noble Prize for Literature, the Italian novelist, short story writer and journalist, Italo Calvino was one of Italy’s most celebrated writers who is known to blend fantasy, comedy and fable to give a illuminated depiction of modern life and in turn giving a new dimension to novel writing. Some of Calvino’s most widely read and acclaimed works include Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979). At the time of Calvino’s death, his literary work topped amongst the most translated works of a contemporary Italian writer. He was associated with the Neorealism school of literature.