Watch an Animated Italo Calvino Story

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Actor John Turturro narrates a fairy tale form the Italian fable master

As our present reality grows every more unreal, there may be no writer more fitting to read that Italo Calvino. Calvino was most famous for his fabulist fiction, works of literary fiction inspired by fairy tales — a form he studied and collected in the 1956 book Italian Folktales. In the video below, the actor John Turturro (perhaps most famous as Jesus from The Big Lebowski) reads a dark fable called “The False Grandmother” with animation from Kevin Ruelle.

Watch it here:

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