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Invisible Cities  : Vintage Classics - Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities

Vintage Classics


Published: March 2002
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'The most beautiful of his books throws up ideas, allusions, and breathtaking imaginative insights on almost every page. Each time he returns from his travels, Marco Polo is invited by Kublai Khan to describe the cities he has visited.. .Although he makes Marco Polo summon up many cities for the Khan's imagination to feed on, Calvino is describing only one city in this book. Venice, that decaying heap of incomparable splendour, still stands as substantial evidence of man's ability to create something perfect out of chaos' Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. During the war he was a member of the Italian Resistance and joined the Communist Party, although he later left in 1957. One of the most respected writers of our time, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1981 he was awarded the prestigious French L├ęgion d'Honneur. He died in Siena in 1985.


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      Comments about Invisible Cities:

      There's a review on the back that says something like 'This would be the book I would take to a deserted island. Yada yada... My plate. My pillow.' Worst Idea (literally and metaphorically).
      This book does have points where it was engaging. but in general read like one of your friends telling you 50 of his/her dreams. Sometimes they can be interesting but most of the time they're only significant for the person telling the story.

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      This is an infuriating and exquisite fantasy which takes outrageous liberties with maps. Marco Polo is brought before the Kublai Khan and obliged to describe 55 of the cities he has encountered on his journeys. There is the earth-hating town of Baucis where everything is raised on stilts, the spiderweb city of Octavia, the woven metropolis of Eudoxia where citizens are lost among the cloth and threads... Of course, you'll not find any of these mesmerizing places in an atlas unless it is an atlas of daydreams. These are cities far too playful and beguiling to be real. (Kirkus UK)

      ISBN: 9780099429838
      ISBN-10: 0099429837
      Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 160
      Published: March 2002
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.1
      Weight (kg): 0.12
      Edition Number: 1