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Invisible Cities

by Italo Calvino

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PUBLISHED: 2nd October 1997
ISBN: 9780099429838
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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.
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  • Paperback
    $21.23
PUBLISHED: 2nd October 1997
ISBN: 9780099429838
ANNOTATION:
In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

Publisher Description

'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

Author Biography

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923. He grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985

Review

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 '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 Whole chapters of unforced poetic prose in which insight and fantasy are perfectly matched-an exquisite world Observer 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 so important for thinking about the rich layers of life around us, our frailties, how we question and how we find meaning. Red

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'A subtle and beautiful meditation' Sunday Times 20020220

Kirkus UK Review

This is an infuriating and exquisite fantasy which takes outrageous liberties with maps. Marco Polo is brought before the Kublai Khan and obliged to describe 55 of the cities he has encountered on his journeys. There is the earth-hating town of Baucis where everything is raised on stilts, the spiderweb city of Octavia, the woven metropolis of Eudoxia where citizens are lost among the cloth and threads... Of course, you'll not find any of these mesmerizing places in an atlas unless it is an atlas of daydreams. These are cities far too playful and beguiling to be real. (Kirkus UK)

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so important for thinking about the rich layers of life around us, our frailties, how we question and how we find meaning.

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'A subtle and beautiful meditation' Sunday Times

Product Details

Year
1997
ISBN-10
0099429837
ISBN-13
9780099429838
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
1997-10-02
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
Italian
Edited by
William Weaver
Author
Italo Calvino
Media
Book
Language
English
Translator
William Weaver
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Pages
160
Series
Vintage Classics
Audience
General/Trade