Why Read the Classics?
This is not only a good question, but also the title of a wonderful, stimulating book by the Italian author Italo Calvino.
Calvino defends the great literature’s value starting by defining which are the classics:
“The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: ‘I’m rereading…’, never ‘I’m reading…’”.
In 36 essays, he discusses the Western literature’s canon through the works of Homer, Defoe, Galileo, Stendhal, Dickens, Hemingway, and many others.
The book was also translated in Swedish as part of the series “Carta d’Italia”, that promotes the Italian literature in Sweden by publishing some of the 20th Century’s masterpieces.