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Invisible Cities  : Vintage Classics - Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities

Vintage Classics

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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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5.0

A beautiful metaphor

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Pros

  • Artistic
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Thought Provoking
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Invisible Cities:

    The book is a series of 55 city descriptions, told by Marco Polo to an elderly Kublai Khan. The cities are fictitious and are little metaphors, each saying something about cities, life, mortality or human nature.
    The book is whimsical and beautiful. It is not a standard novel in structure, but it is an amazing read.

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    Alright! We get it. You like mirrors!

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    Pros

    • Well Written At Points

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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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        "so important for thinking about the rich layers of life around us, our frailties, how we question and how we find meaning." Red "Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose... The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island" -- Jeanette Winterson "Whole chapters of unforced poetic prose in which insight and fantasy are perfectly matched-an exquisite world" Observer "'Invisible Cities is perhaps his most beautiful work-the artist seems to have made peace with the tension between man's ideas of the many and the one" New York Review of Books "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

        ISBN: 9780099429838
        ISBN-10: 0099429837
        Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 176
        Published: March 2002
        Publisher: Vintage Publishing
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 1.2
        Weight (kg): 0.12
        Edition Number: 1