If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

If on a Winter s Night a Traveler If on a Winter s Night a Traveler is a marvel of ingenuity an experimental text that looks longingly back to the great age of narration when time no longer seemed stopped and did not yet seem to have

  • Title: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • Author: Italo Calvino William Weaver
  • ISBN: 9780088619451
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • If on a Winter s Night a Traveler is a marvel of ingenuity, an experimental text that looks longingly back to the great age of narration when time no longer seemed stopped and did not yet seem to have exploded Italo Calvino s novel is in one sense a comedy in which the two protagonists, the Reader and the Other Reader, ultimately end up married, having almost finishedIf on a Winter s Night a Traveler is a marvel of ingenuity, an experimental text that looks longingly back to the great age of narration when time no longer seemed stopped and did not yet seem to have exploded Italo Calvino s novel is in one sense a comedy in which the two protagonists, the Reader and the Other Reader, ultimately end up married, having almost finished If on a Winter s Night a Traveler In another, it is a tragedy, a reflection on the difficulties of writing and the solitary nature of reading The Reader buys a fashionable new book, which opens with an exhortation Relax Concentrate Dispel every other thought Let the world around you fade Alas, after 30 or so pages, he discovers that his copy is corrupted, and consists of nothing but the first section, over and over Returning to the bookshop, he discovers the volume, which he thought was by Calvino, is actually by the Polish writer Bazakbal Given the choice between the two, he goes for the Pole, as does the Other Reader, Ludmilla But this copy turns out to be by yet another writer, as does the next, and the next The real Calvino intersperses 10 different pastiches stories of menace, spies, mystery, premonition with explorations of how and why we read, make meanings, and get our bearings or fail to Meanwhile the Reader and Ludmilla try to reach, and read, each other If on a Winter s Night is dazzling, vertiginous, and deeply romantic What makes

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    1. Italo Calvino William Weaver

      Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a 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.His style is not easily classified much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics , although sometimes his writing is realistic and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Loves, for example Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply modern He wrote My working method has often than not involved the subtraction of weight I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

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    1. You are about to read Mark Nicholls s review of Italo Calvino s postmodern classic If on a Winter s Night a Traveller You might want to position yourself in a comfortable chair before you begin, or place a cushion behind your back, as we know how arduous it can be to read things off the internet You might also care to prepare a coffee, a light snack, or to switch a light on before beginning.You might be thinking that this review is not going to interest you, since book reviews on books you haven [...]

    2. I say this is what happened Italo Calvino was suffering from a writer s block He would start a novel, get it to its first curve and abandon it before the resolution A few months later he would start another with a similar result Finally, his publishers got impatient because it had been years since the last novel and they said Italo, get your shit together We need a new book Now Italo panicked and did the only thing he could think of He glued all his failed attempts together and delivered it to t [...]

    3. I arrived at the library with my two books in hand As I plunked them down on the check in counter, a thin matronly woman approached Would you like to check these books in Yes I would but I would also like to Oh, I see you read If on a Winter s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino Yes I did Have you read it too On starting the first few pages, you were put off by what appears to be a artistic gimmick Why yes a little but you soon realized that the author was trying to involve you in his dadaist alte [...]

    4. Original review November 2011Imagine that it is winter and there is snow everywhere and you can t go out and all you do for days is read book after book, story after story, gorging yourself on fiction until your subconscious is saturated with characters and plots Imagine that you fall asleep late one night while reading and you have the cleverest dream ever That is what reading this book by Calvino is like I forgot to mention that if you re a woman, in your strange Calvino dream, you will most d [...]

    5. It s one of those books which stands alone and shine like sun There is nothing quite like it It s one of its kind Unique There are a few books which you come across where the writing, the prose so lyrical, and beautiful , makes such an impact that it leaves you completely dazzled, and for a while you are stunned that, wow what just happened and then you are spellbound, speechless And it is one of those books The Writing is magical, hypnotizing It snares you in its magical net It casts a spell an [...]

    6. If on a Winter s Night a TravellerItalo CalvinoJust one word AWESOME You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino s new novel, If on a winter s night a traveller Relax Let the world around you fade The opening line of this unusual book really fades the world around you and immerses you in a mystical, eccentric, surreal world where you are energised right from the scratch to encounter the world which refers to its own existence something which is unprecedented The book is a genius in a way that h [...]

    7. Why do you read Maybe you want to impress somebody Libraries are cool, or so they say Or you expect to learn something from the books you so carefully select Or you merely have a preference for intellectual entertainment and books are considered a smart option to fulfill that purpose Or maybe you read to remember all the lives you haven t lived, or that important person who left a permanent track on you, whom you don t expect to see again, or to delight again in the innocent thrill of being told [...]

    8. An experimental novel The main character is a reader who can t finish a book because the print copies are mixed up and he ends up reading first chapters of various novels over and over again He meets up with a woman who has the same problem and he goes on a search to find the rest of the book for both of them Actually there are two women, sisters, who have different ideas about books and what the purpose of reading is They appear in different guises throughout the story The narrative is labyrint [...]

    9. Previously Unpublished Manuscript 1Who am I Who is I Who is the I Unlike my friends and colleagues, Professors Calvino and Galligani, I intend to tell you my name and perhaps to reveal something of my modus operandi soon, too.This one sentence might already have supplied enough information or implication to let you work out or infer who I am Have you guessed yet No Well, my name is Professor Uzzi Tuzii, though my friends call me Julian Not only is that my name, but that is who I am Yes It s true [...]

    10. I rather enjoy that sense of bewilderment a novel gives you when you start reading it 1 You are about to begin reading Cecily s review of her first Calvino Relax Concentrate Dispel every other thought Let the world around you fade Best to close the door the TV is always on Find the most comfortable position Adjust the light so you won t strain your eyes Try to foresee now everything that might make you interrupt your reading A drink within reach Do you have to pee All right, you know best Check [...]

    11. You are scrolling through the reviews and statuses and various examples of book mongering on , eyes lazily wandering in hopes of something that will snatch them and hold them fast in fascination After several refreshings of the page you see that Aubrey has recently finished and rated If on a Winter s Night a Traveler , which means that a review will not be long in coming, as Aubrey is not the type to carefully compose and coordinate a review for than a day, often submitting words underneath the [...]

    12. You gaze, confounded, at your laptop, vainly trying to find a way to review this so called novel, which you, an anglophone, have perversely read in French, not the native language either of yourself or of the author Your companion notices your perplexity and tries to help, or, possibly, to confuse you further It s beautifully written, she says But it has no heart Mais ch re Lectrice, how do you know you ask You have read If on a winter s night, a traveller, while I have read Si par une nuit d hi [...]

    13. Imagination, WingedPush me not, not right now,Frozen feet is all I have Shine me not, not right now,Calming dark is all I have Correct me not, not right now,Impelling doubt is all I have Wake me not, not right now,Breathing dream is all I have.Long ago, when I jotted down this poem, I was amidst a whirlwind of events my final year exams were impending, my heartache was fresh, my best friend had left the city and my muscle tear was repaired but still throbbed a bit So, I had little to rejoice abo [...]

    14. I have not finished the book but it does not matter I can post my review already.You are wondering whether to phone the police to remove Mark Nicholls from your house You are deeply confused as to why this reviewer whose opinions you find facile and banal is suddenly sitting naked on your couch reading the very book you were reading about, he says You look for a blunt instrument to hit him with, but can find only a cup You throw the cup, but he ducks and it breaks against the wall Then Garima te [...]

    15. Well,I am not here to review this book but since that s the only option available here so I can t help it I have nothing new or different to say that hasn t been said earlier and neither am I one of those seasoned reviewers on GR that other members look forward to read their views on a particular book OK Enough of self pity I mean come on, Calvino didn t write this novel or antinovel, like I read somewhere so that some random reader would read this epic book and dare to have an opinion He has al [...]

    16. Calvino called it a hyper fiction a book within a book If on a is a clever amalgamation of a story within a story within a story a reader of a book with a reader of a book and other readers The alchemy of contusions that blurs the physical existence of the reader so he fuses with the reader in print For who has read a book and then seen the world with stale sight For to inhale the spirit of the book and to read it afresh is to intake it with renewed senses If on a is a pleasant read for it is a [...]

    17. Putting into exact words all the feelings this book evokes in the reader, is a task not just tremendously challenging but virtually impossible to execute.After getting through the first few pages, I felt like Naomi Watts in The Ring, being pulled against her will into the world of the creepy video by Samara.I know that s a rather cheap analogy Comparing a creation of one of the most accomplished post modernist writers to have emerged from Europe to a Hollywood version of a Japanese film, is pret [...]

    18. How to write and how to describe this novel If I had 1 10th the talent of Italo Calvino will be easy.This is the story of a male and a female reader, have in it ten stories in a narrative, is a labyrinth where I loved losing myself, a journey through the imagination of its author.This book is tasted, savored, take time, discover the landscape with a thousand faces, kaleidoscope style.I can not tell you , you now discover that novel If a winter s night a traveler Italo Calvino speaks to you, plea [...]

    19. I wonder why this is my third Italo Calvino book and want to kick myself I should have read this first even though his Cosmicomics is my speed in general Gaah That being said, there s something awesomely lulling and beguiling and downright charming about this book It reads wonderfully and with such a light touch that you can t help but feel as if you re riding in a giant s careful hand, a soft but omnipresent voice telling you where you re going and what you ll be experiencing and that you real [...]

    20. A delightful romp of two readers on a quest to find fulfillment in books It felt like a wonderful hybrid of Borges compressed imagination, David Mitchell s broken stories in The Cloud Atlas , and Jasper Fforde s placement of reader sleuths into his farces The book got its hooks into me right from the beginning, talking directly to me as the reader entering a bookstore to acquire this new novel by Calvino So engaging to have me negotiate through a bunch of idiosyncratic book categories For me thi [...]

    21. I can not think of a book that has let me down than Italo Calvino s If On a Winter s Night a Traveler Admittedly, this may have been caused by in no small part by my high expectations for this novel after having read the deliriously exciting first chapter several times in a bookstore during one of those quite regular hunts for the next book to steal my heart I mean, who can resist a first chapter that contains paragraphs like In the shop window you have promptly identified the cover with the ti [...]

    22. Calvino met a muse.Then he met a metamuse.But was it all a ruse nyehhWho am I to disabuse I had such grandiose plans for reviewing this book Then I made the mistake of reading what my luminous Goodreading friends had already said and realized I had no luster to add I briefly toyed with the idea of a metareview of those reviews, but lacked the energy and time to follow through Besides, I ve produced a lot of flab lately and decided to avoid the excess this time If what you seek is insight, humor, [...]

    23. You are now reading a review by Sidharth Vardhan of book If on a Winter Night a traveler by Italo Calvino You had started your computer or perhaps you are using your computer, logged into your account and were checking your dashboard when this review pop up Another parody review you thought after reading the first line, as if this book hadn t enough of them But perhaps you found it on your mobile You opened it in new tab and start reading it or may have bookmarked it, so that you can read it in [...]

    24. Kahraman okuyucusu olan postmodern roman Kafa kar t r c gibi en ba ta ok ge meden ne oldu unu anlamaya al rken olay n i inde buluyorsunuz kendinizi, roman n ba kahraman oluveriyorsunuz ve Calvino nun tam da yapmak istedi i ey bu asl nda Roman boyunca romanla ayn ad ta yan bir roman n eksik bir par as n bulmaya al yoruz ve bunu adeta bir l m kal m meselesine eviriyoruz Roman i inde roman oluveriyoruz Bir yapboz gibi s rekli par alar yerine koymay deniyoruz, olacak gibi oluyor ama bir t rl tam ola [...]

    25. I m not the kind of person to define myself Of course, I know I m a daughter, sister, wife, etc and most importantly, a mother But besides my relationship to other people, if I m forced to think about what defines me, what I know I ve always been, as far back as I can remember, is a Reader And if you are the same, then, like me, you will feel that Calvino is speaking to you you are his You.I can t say there weren t very brief times when my attention wandered during one of the stories that is par [...]

    26. If on a Review a Reader, or If a Pale Fire Starts Without Me A Poem in Ten LinesYou are about to begin reading Junta s interactive review of If on a winter s night a traveler Your instructions are below.In the novel, the ten titles of the even numbered chapters form a story If on a winter s night a travelerOutside the town of MalborkLeaning from the steep slopeWithout fear of wind or vertigoLooks down in the gathering shadowIn a network of lines that enlaceIn a network of lines that intersectOn [...]

    27. You are about to read the review of On a Winter s Night A Traveller by Jonathan Terrington You look at the review but it is not what you expect You then think some deep thoughts about the world, are constantly addressed as You and wonder what on earth just happened.This is the response I had to If On a Winter s Night A Traveller which is perhaps one of the most bizarre books I have read I don t know if it was actually as smart as it seemed to think it was but I liked it still despite many aspect [...]

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