Invisible Cities

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Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1974 - Fiction - 165 pages
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In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo--Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.

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Beautiful prose and imagery. - Goodreads
The problem with this book is that its prose. - Goodreads
Whimsical storytelling. - Goodreads
Beautiful, dream-like writing. - Goodreads
I think the problem was the lack of plot. - Goodreads
Beautiful, atmospheric page turner. - Goodreads

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Artwork: Jacek Yerka “Piana” The stories in Invisible Cities are dreamy and overflowing with creativity which alone is enough of a reason to read them. But then Calvino goes deeper and carries the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

I just reread Invisible Cities (first read 1988 and again in 1990 or so), and have upped my rating a bit. The concept of the story alone is probably worth 5 stars. The language is often beautiful, and ... Read full review

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Italo Calvino 1923-1984 Novelist and short story writer Italo Calvino was born in Cuba on October 15, 1923, and grew up in Italy, graduating from the University of Turin in 1947. He is remembered for his distinctive style of fables. Much of his first work was political, including Il Sentiero dei Nidi di Ragno (The Path of the Nest Spiders, 1947), considered one of the main novels of neorealism. In the 1950s, Calvino began to explore fantasy and myth as extensions of realism. Il Visconte Dimezzato (The Cloven Knight, 1952), concerns a knight split in two in combat who continues to live on as two separates, one good and one bad, deprived of the link which made them a moral whole. In Il Barone Rampante (Baron in the Trees, 1957), a boy takes to the trees to avoid eating snail soup and lives an entire, fulfilled life without ever coming back down. Calvino was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1984 and died in 1985, following a cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer and a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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