If On A Winter's Night A Traveller
    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (Paperback, Italo Calvino)

    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller  (Paperback, Italo Calvino)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099430896, 0099430894
    • Edition: 1992
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    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller is a novel which has the reader as the protagonist. The book consists of books which are incomplete, and how the reader tries to solve the mystery as to why it is so. This novel is intriguing, unusual, and exciting.

    Summary Of The Book

    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller is a novel which places the reader as the main character. The reader starts to read a novel, but after about thirty pages he realizes that the book has a printing flaw. The first portion is repeated multiple number of times. Frustrated, he takes the book back to the bookstore where he meets a young woman, Ludmilla, who is also facing the same problem.

    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller shows that as the reader continues to read different books, he keeps encountering some printing mistake or the other, thereby never getting to complete even a single novel. He then decides to visit the publisher to find out why this is happening. The publisher tells him about Ermes Marana, a fraudulent translator, who has purposely mixed up book contents, authors, titles, and more. This chaos seems impossible to set in order, so the reader decides to look for Marana. He lands up in a place called Ataguitania, and finds himself in a completely unexpected situation.

    If On A Winter's Night A Traveller is a single novel, but essentially tells ten different stories. It was originally published in 1979, and in 2009, it was positioned at the 69th place in The Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read.

    About Italo Calvino

    Italo Calvino, born in 1923, was an Italian author, journalist, and film enthusiast.

    He has written Cosmicomics Collection of Short Stories, Difficult Loves, Our Ancestors trilogy, The Baron In The Trees, and Invisible Cities.

    Calvino joined the University of Turin in 1941 to study Agriculture. But two years later, he took a transfer to the University of Florence. During World War II, the author joined the Italian Resistance, and in 1945 he settled down in Turin. Calvino completed his Master’s degree in 1947, and later worked as a journalist for the newspaper L'Unità and the magazine Rinascita. The Path To The Nest Of Spiders, his first novel, won the 1947 Premio Riccione. In 1975, the author was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy, and the following year he became the recipient of the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. In 1981, Calvino was awarded the French Légion d'honneur. He passed away in 1985, and at the time of his death, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 1992
    • Author
      • Italo Calvino
    • Width
      • 0.67 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.8 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 0.78 inch
    • Weight
      • 199.0 Grams
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    Imagine picking up a book,sitting down to read it ,and then finding that the book is about a reader who is picking up that same book and is sitting down to read it himself--and voila--you are hooked!This daring experimentative novel by Calvino explores and questions the very nature of what a novel should ,or rather,could be.It is a story within a story within a story ad infinitum and in each instance --the protagonist is you--the reader who is actually reading the book at this instant.
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    Amitava Das

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    A complex and intriguing puzzle

    This is for those who read for the pleasure of reading. There are two major narratives in the book - one about the Reader of the book, You and the other is about the unfinished books read. Each chapter is set in a different genre, tone and structure. The development of the story varies widely but in the end, they all have one thing in common - which is they pique your interest and leave you wanting for more.

    Gireesh S

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    12 Aug, 2012

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    Buy it if you like the thrill of being teased

    I bought it on a friend's recommendation. And I must say this is one hell of a book. You are teased, amused and left bewildered by the work of the author. When you think you've had it, BAM!! Another surprise.

    IT IS NOT A SUSPENSE OR A THRILLER. But the contents of the book will definitely take you into a world of the suspense, thrill, nostalgia and even paranoia. Must read for every reader, I'd say!

    Akshay Aggarwal

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    9 Sep, 2014

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    A novel dedicated to the reader

    Take the beginning of just about every novel you have ever read and just when you start getting a hint of what the story might be about,break off and launch into another tale.Slowly you will realise that all stories tend to common threads of resolution and a novel really finds its truest manifestation in the mind of a reader.Calvino's genius lies in never letting you guess what he will say next and yet finding a common thread within a very disparate set of stories where YOU,THE READER is the ...

    Olivia Mukhopadhyay

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    29 May, 2014

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