If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo CalvinoIf on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

byItalo Calvino

Paperback | January 1, 1951

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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.
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 wel...
Title:If on a Winter's Night a TravelerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.69 inPublished:January 1, 1951Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0156439611

ISBN - 13:9780156439619

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Start of a lifelong love I was forced to read this book in a university course and I ended up loving it!. It jumps all over the place and keeps you hooked wondering where it will go.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from META This was such a fun, yet somewhat challenging book to read. I would definitely recommend you give it a read! Very nice writing style and interesting book!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If on a cold winter's night I adored this book. It may be a little kitchy, but the style of writing was beautiful. I have not been so immersed in Shadow of the Wind (Zafon). I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something different.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated This book is ok, but seems dated to me, certainly not C's best work. Check out Cosmicomics or Invisible Cities instead.
Date published: 2016-12-14
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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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.