Book :: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
By: Italo Calvino
Pages: 260
Published: 1979
Genre(s): Italy
Magical Realism
Books About Books
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Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which...

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Portia Portia

Feb 21st, 2018

forline forline

This is brilliant but maybe too brilliant for me...I got confused a lot and maybe because I kept trying to figure them all out but should have just gone with the flow..??

Jan 5th, 2018

bryanoz bryanoz

Jun 19th, 2015

HananZ6 HananZ6

Warning: This book requires more than one read. The most fascinating thing about Calvino's novel is that YOU are the main character (in a sense). It can be very confusing at the beginning but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it!

Aug 1st, 2013

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler appears on these lists...

82nd on 100 Greatest Novels of All Time by The Guardian

69th on 100 Novels Everyone Should Read by Telegraph

22nd on Top 100 Books by Harvard Book Store