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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler


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ISBN13: 9780156439619
ISBN10: 0156439611
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vashtanerada10, April 12, 2015 (view all comments by vashtanerada10)
The self reflexivity of this book is amazing. It brings a great argument to the table about the authenticity of writing/novels too--what is an authentic voice and how to find or define it in a novel. I don't think I've ever read a novel that was written in second person, and I really liked how it was done in this book! A great new experience.
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Lucy Black, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Lucy Black)
Almost a mystery, almost a romance, almost an ode to reading itself, this book should be required material for all self-proclaimed bibliophiles.
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GeoffreyW913, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by GeoffreyW913)
My first experience with Italo Calvino and man, what a book. It is definitely not something you read through in a linear fashion nor do should you think about the story in such. It is layered in satire, intrigue, and even humor and drama, but it is simply this - a work of art. There are parts where it is almost like reading a journal of your life that has yet to happen. Some of the passages described happened to me when I look for new books to read. Like I said, it is not easy to follow at times or even comprehend (and not even the most complicated book of its kind i.e. House of Leaves, but it was very easy for me to forget that the book was written in 1979), so be prepared, but that being said - it was a complete and utter joy to read and experience. Definitely a re-read just for the sake of making sure I didn't miss anything.
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Nima, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Nima)
Got to read it!
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Calvino, Italo
Mariner Books
Weaver, William
Weaver, William
San Diego
General Fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
v. 4.
Publication Date:
8 x 5.31 in 0.55 lb

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Product details 276 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156439619 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One of the most inventive books in recent decades, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler has a nearly animate quality (or barely inanimate quality); its succession of unwinding mysteries suggests what it might be like to find oneself in a roomful of new, young ghosts. What is reading, then, if not the art of assembling and reassembling intimacies, in silent complement to whatever book is poised to lure its Reader (the keeper and helpless, hopeful audience of all of those apparitions) forth into hazily familiar but mutable terrain?

"Staff Pick" by ,

For those with an amorous affair with books, this may, perhaps, be the ultimate love letter to the reader. Calvino's novel, or more precisely, his book of ten interrelated stories, is both masterfully created and startlingly unique. Told alternately in second and third persons, the book is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between the author and the reader. Flawlessly composed, the novel weaves together seemingly unrelated tales, all of which relate directly to you, the reader. At its core is an ingenious concept the likes of which could have only come from the unparalleled imagination of Calvino. By the time you reach its dazzling conclusion, you'll be wishing you could somehow read it again for the very first time.

"Synopsis" by , 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, ambiance, 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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