If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981 - Fiction - 260 pages
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Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.


If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

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User Review  - Ajay - Goodreads

This book needs a seperate shelf all together. I don not know where to stack this book. I put this book in the novella or anthology, it seems to be just a book with lots of beginnings, thrills - damn ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dushan - Goodreads

The very things that so many people find fascinating about this book, I find very annoying. I could see where this whole scheme was going from chapter 3 onwards... To me, it was boringly predictable ... Read full review

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ITALO CALVINO's superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as one of the world's best fabulists" ( New York Times Book Review ). He is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as essays, criticism, and literary anthologies. Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. At the time of his death, in Siena in 1985, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer.

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