With this posthumously published anthologya successor to his bestselling Italian FolktalesItalo 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.
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"
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.
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 ContentsIntroduction 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