If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller
Italo Calvino, William Weaver
A masterwork by the incomparable, genre-defying, wondrous Italo Calvino.
You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But there is a printer’s error in your copy. You take it back to the shop and get a replacement. But the replacement seems to be a totally different story. You try to track down the original book you were reading but end up with a different narrative again. This remarkable novel leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary and a quest. But the real hero of them all is you, the reader.
‘Breathtakingly inventive’ David Mitchell
‘A writer of dizzying ambition and variety, each of his stories is a fresh adventure into the possibilities of fiction’ Guardian
Ingenious * Mail on Sunday * Mind-bending and thoroughly post-modern, Calvino's masterpiece of self-reference ('you' are part of the plot), its dizzyingly clever, labyrinthine construction has made it a classic -- Marc Chacksfield * ShortList * Breathtakingly inventive The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century * Guardian * 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
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