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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One of those books that I had to force myself to keep reading because I kept asking myself, "what's the point." However, as experimental novels go, this is a blockbuster. It makes one question not ... Read full review

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Who could resist a title like “If on a winter’s night a traveler”? You start reading, get engaged with the story, but suddenly the promise is broken – the rest of the book’s pages are missing and you ... Read full review

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Contents

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If on a winters night a traveler
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Outside the town of Malbork
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Leaning from the steep slope
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Without fear of wind or vertigo
In a network of lines that intersect
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On the carpet of leaves illuminated by the moon
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Around an empty grave
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What story down there awaits its end?
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Looks down in the gathering shadow
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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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