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The Cloven Viscount Publisher's Summary

In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures.

In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bissected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears. The two halves become rivals for the love of the same woman, fight a bloody duel, and achieve a miraculous resolution.

Now available in an independent volume for the first time, this deliciously bizarre novella is Calvino at his most devious and winning.

©1951 Giulio Einaudi Editiore, S.p.A.; Translation: 1962 William Collns Sons & Company Limited and Random House Inc. (P)2017 Recorded Books
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    • The Cloven Viscount

    • Translated by Archibald Colquhoun
    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures. In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bissected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears. The two halves become rivals for the love of the same woman, fight a bloody duel, and achieve a miraculous resolution.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Baron in the Trees

    • By: Italo Calvino, Ana Goldstein - translator
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    Cosimo di Rondo, a young Italian nobleman of the 18th century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy - he hunts, sows crops, plays games with earthbound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs. From his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the Age of Enlightenment pass by and a new century dawn.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By C. M. Thompson on 02-09-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Nonexistent Knight

    • By: Italo Calvino
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Set in the time of Charlemagne and narrated by a nun with her own secrets to keep, The Nonexistent Knight tells the story of Agilulf, a gleaming white suit of armor with nothing inside it. A challenge to his honor sends Agilulf on a search through France, England, and North Africa to confirm the chastity of a virgin he saved from rape years earlier.    

    Regular price: $17.49