If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

by Italo Calvino

October 20, 1982 | Trade Paperback

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 276 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.7 in

Published: October 20, 1982

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156439611

ISBN - 13: 9780156439619

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book about the joy of reading This is a book about the pleasure that reading can give, and the tension of knowing what happens next. Calvino begins by addressing the reader directly, then spinning a tale of intrigue in an unnamed city. From here, the story goes through numerous translations and permutations that will both confound and delight the reader.
Date published: 2002-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intro to Italo For novices to Italo Calvino, this superb book is probably the finest introduction to his complex works. With changing voices, venues and plots, he manages to weave the reader through an initially frustrating and ultimately rewarding whirlwind of his writing skills. Once you realise you've been set up emotionally, the pleasure intensifies. Not for everyone, to be sure - very much a "love or hate" reading relationship. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If On a Winter's Night a Traveller Well, once you get the title right, you will love this joyride through the convolution that is Calvino's mind. I couldn't wait to see where he would jump next. It was always more a surprise than a shock, and I felt respected as a reader.
Date published: 1998-10-23

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

by Italo Calvino

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 276 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.7 in

Published: October 20, 1982

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156439611

ISBN - 13: 9780156439619

About the Book

Calvino shows that the novel, far from being a dead form, 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. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Italo Calvino''s superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as "one of the world''s best fabulists" (New York Times Book Review). He is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as essays, criticism, and literary anthologies. Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. At the time of his death, in Siena in 1985, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer.

Editorial Reviews

Avant-garde novel by Italo Calvino, published in 1979 as Se una notte d''inverno un viaggiatore. Using shifting structures, a succession of tales, and different points of view, the book probes the nature of change and chance and the interdependence of fiction and reality. The novel, which is nonlinear, begins with a man discovering that the copy of a novel he has recently purchased is defective, a Polish novel having been bound within its pages. He returns to the bookshop the following day and meets a young woman who is on an identical mission. They both profess a preference for the Polish novel. Interposed between the chapters in which the two strangers attempt to authenticate their texts are 10 excerpts that parody genres of contemporary world fiction, such as the Latin-American novel and the political novel of eastern Europe.