Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

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With this posthumously published anthology—a successor to his bestselling Italian Folktales—Italo Calvino, a contemporary surveyor of the otherwordly, pays homage to twenty-six of his nineteenth-century precursors. The resulting volume is both an education in the history of fantastic literature and a rollercoaster ride of wonder and terror, vampires, ghosts, and the rebellious creatures of our own psyches.

Selections include:

E.T.A. Hoffmann—"The Sandman"
Gérard de Nerval—"the Enchanted Hand"
Nikolai Gogol—"The Nose"
Edgar Allan Poe—"The Tell-Tale Heart"
Hans Christian Andersen—"The Shadow"
Ambrose Bierce—"Chickamauga"
Robert Louis Stevenson—"The Bottle Imp"
Henry James—"The Friends of the Friends"
H.G. Wells—"The Country of the Blind"

Comprising stories of the supernatural and narratives of the everyday uncanny, Fantastic Tales is a gallery of enchantments, deliciously entertaining yet more disturbing than our most persistent nightmares.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679755449
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Italo Calvino's works include The Road to San Giovanni, Numbers in the Dark, , The Baron in the Tress, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, and Mr. Palomar. Calvino died in 1985.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Italo Calvino

I. The Visionary Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century

The Story of the Demoniac Pacheco by Jan Potocki
Autumn Sorcery by Joseph von Eichendorff
The Sandman by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Wandering Willie’s Tale by Sir Walter Scott
The Elixir of Life by Honoré de Balzac
The Eye with No Lid by Phliarète Chasles
The Enchanted Hand by Gérard de Nerval
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Nose by Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol
The Beautiful Vampire by Théophile Gautier
The Venus of Ille by Prosper Mérimée
The Ghost and the Bonesetter by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

II. The Everday Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Shadow by Hans Christian Andersen
The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens
The Dream by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
A Shameless Rascal
by Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov
The Very Image
by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
Night: A Nightmare by Guy de Maupassant
A Lasting Love by Vernon Lee
Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce
The Holes in the Mask by Jean Lorrain
The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Friends of the Friends by Henry James
The Bridge-Builders
by Rudyard Kipling
The Country of the Blind by H. G. Wells

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