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Friends & Collectors

"My small objects narrate the world," says Sobrero, and with these worlds he glosses the particular spell that his art holds for writers and bibliophiles, and for anyone who lives by the magic of books. As always, life imitates art: Sobrero enjoys the admiration and friendship of some of the most highly respected literati of Europe.

Italo Calvino and Sobrero are fellow travelers in the cosmos. The two artists have had endless conversations about the desire to shrink the world…

The friendship with Franco Maria Ricci, publisher and mover of the Italian literary scene, is a story that has shaped the public view of Sobrero's art…

Dada Rosso, critic and journalist from Torino, offers her reflections on why writers love Ettore Sobrero's tiny bookcases…