The Nonexistent Knight

Author(s): Italo Calvino


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.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780544959101
  • : Mariner Books
  • : Mariner Books
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Italo Calvino
  • : 144