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Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino (Italian: [ˈiːtalo kalˈviːno]) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night... show more
Italo Calvino (Italian: [ˈiːtalo kalˈviːno]) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979).

Lionised in Britain and the United States, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Birth date: 1923-10-15
Died: 1985-09-19
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What I am reading
What I am reading rated it 3 months ago
Italo Calvino is always worth reading in my opinion and so is Invisible Cities. The minimalistic story which forms the framework consists of dialogues between Marco Polo and the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan during which Marco Polo describes the various cities within the Khan’s kingdom. But by doing...
Nightgate Inn
Nightgate Inn rated it 11 months ago
3.5 / 5 A typical Calvino book, characterized by his excellent descriptive style and unique eye for all those cultural and behavioral details that make his writing so unique. Most of the stories are very interesting and varied. There are some that were not such big hits with me but I feel that they ...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it 1 year ago
You are about to read Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveller that you bought from your favorite book store. As you turn to the first chapter, you realize you are reading you. You begin to read a description of you and what you would do in the book. You realize you are going through the b...
xndrme
xndrme rated it 1 year ago
Well, it's what you always wanted: to be part of the book you are reading, to read about yourself.
J Lenni Dorner
J Lenni Dorner rated it 2 years ago
The book includes Marco Polo's descriptions to Kublai Khan of faraway places (though it's unclear if these parts are fictional, true, or fiction-based-on-truth). It's poetic, heart-warming, and soul moving. There is more to be felt in these short, simple descriptions of settings than many authors co...
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