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a stylistic device (consisting) of recall/associations/referencing
Explanation: usually "escamotage" is used slightly negatively: say, you invent one to avoid taxes, etc. So, in most cases it would render as "salvation device". However, here we are talking about a literary piece, to say that it was saved by referencing is to say that otherwise it's bad. Which is of course absurd... particularly when talking about Calvino. So, the "stylistic device" seems to fit rather nicely.
Michael Korovkin Italy Local time: 17:01 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English, Russian PRO pts in category: 36