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'A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say' Italo Calvino

You go into a bookshop and buy If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino. You like it. But alas 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 is you, the reader.

Reviews

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

Salman Rushdie

A devastating, wonderfully ingenious parody of all those dreary best-sellers you buy at the airport... It is a "world novel": take it with you next time you plan to travel in an armchair

Lorna Sage, Observer

A brilliant work of the imagination and the intellect working in union.And, by the way, it's very funny also

Scotsman

Breathtakingly inventive

David Mitchell

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099430896

    April 5, 2002

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857151381

    June 15, 1993

    Everyman

    254 pages

    RRP $35.00

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    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781446414330

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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