Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted
readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like
stories. Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo,
Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. He died
in Siena in 1985, of a brain hemorrhage.
Martin L. McLaughlin is Professor of Italian and Fiat-Serena Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Oxford where he is a Fellow of Magdalen College. He is the English translator of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino among many others.