If on a winter's night a traveler

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 25, 2012 - Fiction - 276 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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If on a winters night a traveler
Outside the town of Malbork
Leaning from the steep slope
Without fear of wind or vertigo
In a network of lines that intersect
On the carpet of leaves illuminated by the moon
Around an empty grave
What story down there awaits its end?

Looks down in the gathering shadow
In a network of lines that enlace
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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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