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Calvino, Italo

Born in Cuba while his parents were on scientific field work there, Calvino returned with his family to Italy in 1925 to live in the northern town of San Remo on the Ligurian Riviera. The family background in science-his father was a noted agronomist, his mother a botanist and his maternal uncle and aunt both chemists-would leave its mark on Calvino’s fiction, not least in his fascination with organizing principles and with the processes of close observation.