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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446414279
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Invisible Cities




'A subtle and beautiful meditation' Sunday Times

'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

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446414279
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the Author

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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Praise for Invisible Cities

“'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

“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

“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

“Whole chapters of unforced poetic prose in which insight and fantasy are perfectly matched-an exquisite world”

Observer


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