Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino

by Zixuan Huang

For those who are interested in a duel between violence without justification and kindness without principles, for those who would like to see a dramatic reconciliation between the cruel and the kind-hearted sides of mankind, and for those who want to see a person who cuts everything literally in half after a cannonball tears him up, The Cloven Viscount is absolutely the thing. 

The plot is about the conflict between the evil and the good sides of Viscount Medardo of Terralba who is torn by a cannonball into two halves. Throughout a series of absurd and dramatic events, Calvino demonstrates a world where struggle makes humans human. This book contains some rather bloody or uncomfortable scenes which serve to develop the main ideas.

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