If on a winter's night a traveler (Paperback)

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If you've been reading a lot on account of quarantine and are starting to feel bored with books, then perhaps this zany novel is just the book for you. You (for this novel is written in the second-person and you are the protagonist) buy a book at a bookstore only to discover that the book is misprinted: it's just the first ten pages repeated over and over. And in your quest to get a properly printed copy you are taken on a wild goose chase as book leads on to book.

— From Austin


Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.


If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

About the Author

ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winters night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156439619
ISBN-10: 0156439611
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: October 20th, 1982
Pages: 272
Language: English