In Brief Book Club: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
A club to explore a collection of short stories from writers new and established.
This month's book club pick is If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino.
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 two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.
Italo Calvino (1923-1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.
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