If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1981 - Fiction - 260 pages
Italy's most brilliant modern writer shows that the novel is capable of endless mutations 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. They are the true heroes of the novel, for what would writing be without readers?
 

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“At times a title is enough to kindle in me the desire for a book that perhaps does not exist.” When I first attempted to read Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler years ago, I was not ... Read full review

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Funny and rewarding, especially for anyone that's interested in studies of the actual act of reading and readers. The book is at times shoved a little too firmly up its own ass but I think that was part of the joke and when I was in the right mood I could definitely roll with it. Read full review

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If on a winters night a traveler
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ITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter ' s night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

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