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The Non-Existent Knight

(1959)
(The third book in the Our Ancestors series)
A novel by

 
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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Paperback Editions

August 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nonexistent Knight
Author(s): Italo Calvino
ISBN: 0-544-95910-8 / 978-0-544-95910-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Nonexistent Knight
Author(s): Italo Calvino
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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