The Nonexistent Knight

by Italo Calvino

An empty suit of armor is the hero in this witty novella, a picaresque gem that brilliantly parodies medieval knighthood.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544959101
  • ISBN-10: 0544959108
  • Pages: 144
  • Publication Date: 08/15/2017
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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    An empty suit of armor is the hero in this witty novella, a picaresque gem—now available in an independent volume for the first time—that brilliantly parodies medieval knighthood. 

     

    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. In the end, after many surprising turns of plot, a closing confession draws this sparkling novella to a perfect finish.

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