Synopses & Reviews
In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo—Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place.
"At its most basic level, Calvino's novel is a conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, as the former describes the fantastical cities and landscapes he's visited during his explorations. Of course, this is severely understating the scope of Calvino's book, which at times feels like a novel, at times like a travelogue about a voyage to mysterious and imaginary places, and at times like a series of puzzles. John Lee is the perfect performer to depict the disorienting nature of Calvino's masterpiece. Lee has become the go-to narrator for stories with unusual structures and ideas he previously narrated China Mieville's The City & the City and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. In this audio edition, Lee's clipped, accented elocution encapsulates the mystery that permeates the novel's numerous settings. But Lee also adds interesting details throughout his reading for instance he beautifully captures Marco Polo's charisma and showmanship as he crows about his findings to Khan. Despite narrating a book with no discernible plot, this is a truly entertaining and electrifying performance. A Harcourt Brace Jovanovich paperback. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Italo Calvino's classic novel explores imagination and the imaginable through Marco Polo's descriptions of different cities.
About the Author
Italo Calvino (1923�1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the short story collection Cosmicomics, and the novels Invisible Cities and If on a Winter's Night a Traveler.British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009.