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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler: Introduction by Peter Washington (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translated by), Peter Washington (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translated by), Peter Washington (Introduction by)
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Reading about reading about reading about reading about reading… My favorite experimental novel. Be frustrated in the best way possible. — From IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT TRAVELER (Italo Calvino)



Introduction by Peter Washington; Translation by William Weaver


Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character.


Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book—IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER, by Italo Calvino, of course—are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. The result is a literary labyrinth of storylines that interrupt one another—an Arabian Nights of the postmodern age.

About the Author

Italo Calvino's works include Numbers in the Dark, The Road to San Giovanni, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, The Baron in the Trees, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Invisible Cities, Marcovaldo, and Mr. Palomar. He died in 1985.

Praise For…

“[Italo Calvino is] one of the world’s best fabulists.”

“Calvino is a wizard.”

“[Calvino] manages to charm and entertain the reader in the teeth of a scheme designed to frustrate all reasonable readerly expectations.”
—John Updike, THE NEW YORKER

“Calvino is that very rare phenomenon, a true original . . . If on a winter’s night a traveler is breathtakingly complex and self-conscious (there are moments when it quite literally makes one gasp with astonishment) . . . [yet it] is one of the most accessible and enchanting novels written in the last fifty years.”
—from the Introduction by Peter Washington

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679420255
ISBN-10: 0679420258
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publication Date: June 1st, 1993
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series