Introduction 1. Realism and Italian neorealism 2. Modes of neorealist narrative 3. The narrative paths of memory and history 4. The politics of The Path 5. Between the imaginary and the symbolic: history, the subject, and desire in The Path 6. Reading in the book of the world: a dialogue of interpretive models Notes Index.
'A definitive statement on an area of Calvino's work relatively unknown to the public that has read him only in translation: his roots in politically committed neorealism. This work is of great importance for the evaluation of Calvino and for the discussion of the political implications of literary 'estrangement'. The analysis is sharp, decisive, and superby, informed.' John Freccero, Stanford University