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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

by Italo Calvino

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller Synopsis

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas there is a printer's error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be a totally different story. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary and a quest. But the real hero is you, the reader.

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller Press Reviews

Breathtakingly inventive -- David Mitchell The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century * Guardian * Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it before.This is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad... I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends -- Salman Rushdie A devastating, wonderfully ingenious parody of all those dreary best-sellers you buy at the airport... It is a world novel : take it with you next time you plan to travel in an armchair -- Lorna Sage * Observer * A brilliant work of the imagination and the intellect working in union.And, by the way, it's very funny also * Scotsman *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099430896
Publication date: 20th February 1992
Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. During the war he was a member of the Italian Resistance and joined the Communist Party, although he later left in 1957. One of the most respected writers of our time, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1981 he was awarded the prestigious French Legion d'Honneur. He died in Siena in 1985.

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