Winterson on Calvino

Winterson on Calvino

Thanks to Blog of a Bookslut for pointing out this terrific essay by Jeanette Winterson on the problems of publishing a posthumous collection of Italo Calvino’s nonfiction prose. Considering that he was such a tough self-editor, and non-documentary artist, Winterson ponders the ethical ramifications of the collection, noting that: “The cult of celebrity that surrounds writers now is rather like those sonic frequency machines that force moles above ground. In this collection, Calvino talks enthusiastically about the ‘dream of being invisible’ and he goes as far as to say that ‘writers lose a lot when they are seen in the flesh’. For Calvino, to be ‘just a name on a book cover’ seems like ‘the ideal condition for a writer’.”

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