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Breathtakingly inventive -- David Mitchell
The greatest Italian writer of the twentieth century, Guardian
Reading Calvino, you're constantly assailed by the notion that he is writing down what you have always known, except that you've never thought of it kekoa.co.uk is highly unnerving: fortunately you're usually too busy laughing to go mad I can think of no finer writer to have beside me while Italy explodes, Britain burns, while the world ends -- Salman Rushdie
A devastating, wonderfully ingenious parody of all those dreary best-sellers you buy at the airport It is a "world novel": take it with you next time you plan to travel in an armchair -- Lorna Sage, Observer
Calvino's masterpiece opens with a scene that's reassuringly commonplace: apparently. Indeed, it's taking place now. A reader goes into a bookshop to buy a book: not any book, but the latest Calvino, the book you are holding in your hands. Or is it? Are you the reader? Is this the book? Beware. All assumptions are dangerous on this most bewitching switch-back ride to the heart of storytelling.
About the Author
Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in