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If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
  

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

Synopsis

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino

Calvino's dazzling post-modernist masterpiece combines a love story, a detective story and a sardonic dissection of the publishing industry in a scintillating allegory of reading. Based on a witty anaolgy 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 is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of same book - IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT by Italo Calvino - are constantly and comically frustrated. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS of our day

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[Italo Calvino is] one of the world's best fabulists. --John Gardner, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Calvino is a wizard. --Mary McCarthy, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS [Calvino] manages to charm and entertain the reader in the teeth of a scheme designed to frustrate all reasonable readerly expectations. --John Updike, THE NEW YORKER Calvino is that very rare phenomenon, a true original . . . If on a winter's night a traveler is breathtakingly complex and self-conscious (there are moments when it quite literally makes one gasp with astonishment) . . . [yet it] is one of the most accessible and enchanting novels written in the last fifty years. --from the Introduction by Peter Washington


About the Author

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. 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 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th May 1993

Author

Italo Calvino

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Publisher

Everyman's Library an imprint of Everyman

Format

Hardback
254 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781857151381

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