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If on a winter's night a traveler

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.

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 winters 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.

ISBN: 9780156439619

ISBN-10: 9780156439619

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 10/20/1982 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/20/1982 - 12:00am

Pages: 272

Language: English


Fiction / Literary

Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense

Fiction / Classics

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