- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: RHUK; New Ed edition (20 February 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780099430896
- ASIN: 0099430894
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 Légion d'Honneur. He died in Siena in 1985.
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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 Traveller is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller 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.
And the book... let me just say you'd be really glad you read it.