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  • Published: 5 April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430896
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller




'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, London Review of Books

Calvino's masterpiece opens with a scene that's reassuringly commonplace: apparently. Indeed, it's taking place now. A reader goes into a bookshop to buy a book: not any book, but the latest Calvino, the book you are holding in your hands. Or is it? Are you the reader? Is this the book? Beware. All assumptions are dangerous on this most bewitching switch-back ride to the heart of storytelling.

  • Pub date: 5 April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099430896
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272

About the Author

Italo Calvino

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 the twentieth century, 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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Praise for If On A Winter's Night A Traveller

“Ingenious”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, *Summer reads of 2019*


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