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Though one of the best-known books in the world, Pinocchio at the same time remains unknown-linked in many minds to the Walt Disney movie that bears little relation to Carlo Collodi's splendid original. Yet it is hardly a sentimental or morally improving tale. To the contrary, Pinocchio is one of the great subversives of the written page, a madcap genius hurtled along at the pleasure and mercy of his desires, a renegade who in many ways resembles his near contemporary Huck Finn. Pinocchio the novel, no less than Pinocchio the character, is one of the great inventions of modern literature. The book merges the traditions of the picaresque, of street theater, and of folk and fairy tales into a work that is at once adventure, satire, and a powerful enchantment. Thronged with memorable characters and composed with the fluid but inevitable logic of a dream, Pinocchio is an endlessly fascinating work that is essential equipment for life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590172896
ISBN-10: 1590172892
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi (1826-1890) is the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini. He worked as a journalist before publishing The Adventures of Pinocchio in 1883. Translated into more than ninety languages, Pinocchio has never been out of print. Umberto Eco is an Italian philosopher and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose (Il nome della rosa) and his many essays. Geoffrey Brock is a poet and the translator of many books, including Disaffections by Cesare Pavese and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco. He teaches in the University of Arkansas Programs in Creative Writing and Translation in Fayetteville.

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