Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character._x000D_
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 TRAVELER is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book—IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER, 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.
If On A Winter’s Night, A Traveler By Italo Calvino
The antagonists of this novel are eight readers in a library. The celebrated Italian novelist presents ten samples of contemporary writing from around the world as an entertaining series of parodies of some of the principal genres of contemporary fiction, ranging from the Eastern European political novel to the Latin American novel. Calvino explores the nature of reality and the way it is perceived through art.
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