Italian literature: Calvino's "Il Barone rampante" (The Baron in the trees)

Italian literature: Calvino’s “Il Barone rampante” (The Baron in the trees)

“Il Barone rampante” (The Baron in the trees) is a novel written by Italo Calvino in 1957. It’s a very funny and amusing story, where the adventures of an Italian rebel nobleman living up on the trees are told. Page after page, you will discover the strong personality of Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, the baron, told by his younger brother Biagio.

This masterpiece of the Italian literature can be analysed under many aspect: as a romance story, environmentally, narratologically, sociologically, and in questioning the role of the individual and the community.

The novel received the Viareggio Prize in 1957. However, Calvino “refused the prize on the grounds that its acceptance simply helped shore up an outmoded institution, the literary prize!”.

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