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Introduction by Peter Washington; Translation by William Weaver

Italo Calvino's masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book's central character.

Based on a witty analogy between the reader's desire to finish the story and the lover's desire to consummate his or her passion, IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book--IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER, by Italo Calvino, of course--are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. The result is a literary labyrinth of storylines that interrupt one another--an Arabian Nights of the postmodern age.

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A postmodern novel which combines a love and a detective story with a sardonic dissection of the publishing industry in an allegory of reading. Two readers attempt to finish the same book, but are comically and repeatedly frustrated.

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A new edition of the remarkable Italian postmodern novel, first published in 1979, from the author of "Invisible Cities". 'Breathtakingly inventive' David Mitchell

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C B, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by C B)
An absolute genius book -- any fan of books should read this one! The prose is amazing, and even though the stories that make up the book don't really have endings, they are still as captivating as the main story. I hope to read many more from Calvino in the future!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780099430896
Author:
CALVINO, ITALO
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
N
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Series:
VINTAGE CLASSICS
Publication Date:
20020307
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
270
Dimensions:
198 x 126 in.

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Product details 270 pages Vintage - English 9780099430896 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A postmodern novel which combines a love and a detective story with a sardonic dissection of the publishing industry in an allegory of reading. Two readers attempt to finish the same book, but are comically and repeatedly frustrated.
"Synopsis" by , A new edition of the remarkable Italian postmodern novel, first published in 1979, from the author of "Invisible Cities". 'Breathtakingly inventive' David Mitchell

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