BOOK REVIEW / Recent paperbacks: Under the Jaguar Sun - Italo Calvino, tr. William Weaver: Vintage, pounds 3.99

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These three late stories by a sunny Italian master are part of an incomplete set - Calvino was planning a handful of five stories, each narrating the life of a different sense. A couple of tourists eat and eye each other up; a king listens like mad for signs of unrest; someone sniffs. As always, Calvino mixes a playful metaphysical tone with attentive human detail, and there are plenty of likeable and arresting signs of his unmistakeable, though much imitated, touch.