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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His writing is so fresh and invigorating. - Goodreads
But instead it wore me out with its gimmick. - Goodreads
This is a love story, too. - Goodreads
And I thought the ending sucked. - Goodreads
Mostly the ones about writing. - Goodreads
She's there every day,' the writer says. - Goodreads

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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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About the author (1981)

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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