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Invisible Cities

Calvino, Italo (Book - 1974)
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Imaginary conversations between Marco Polo and his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, conjure up cities of magical times. "Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant" (Gore Vidal). Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Authors: Calvino, Italo
Title: Invisible cities
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt, Brace & Co., c1974
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Italo Calvino ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
Notes: "A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book."
Translation of La città invisibili
ISBN: 0156453800
9780156453806
Branch Call Number: FICTION CALVINO
Subject Headings: Polo, Marco, 1254-1323? Fiction Kublai Khan, 1216-1294 Fiction
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
LCCN: 77016002
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Imaginary conversations between Marco Polo and his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, conjure up cities of magical times. "Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvelous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant" (Gore ... Read More »

In Kublai Khan's garden, at sunset, the young Marco Polo diverts the aged emperor from his obsession with the impending end of his empire with tales of countless cities past, present, and future.


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Mar 08, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Signs form a language, but not the one you think you know." So, like, Kublai Khan and Marco Polo are just kicking it in a garden and M-Pol starts telling the Khan stories of these fantastic cities, which maybe are all the same city? The great Italian fabulist's novel is a paean to storytelling and imagination in the tradition of the Arabian Nights, Chaucer and Calvino's countryman Boccaccio. I still think "If On A Winter's Night" is his best work. You may also like Salman Rushdie and Umberto Eco.

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