If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
"If on a""Winter's Night a Traveler" turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and ...more
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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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ca ...more
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 ...more
When I read If on a Winter's Night a Traveler several years ago, I muddled through it, admiring the prose but frustrated by the amount of interrupted narratives it contained. I knew there was something very brilliant going on, some clever underlying logic, but I felt that figuring it out was way beyond my comprehension. And so it was.
Yesterday, I discovered Calvino's rationale for the book written in a complex code in the yellowed pages of an old copy of one of the vo ...more
Just 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 i ...more
Who 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.
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“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 ...more
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. H ...more
Push 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 ...more
"It's beautifully written," she says. "But it has no heart."
"Mais chère Lectrice, how do you know?" you ask. "You have read If on a winter's night, a traveller, while I have read Si par un ...more
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...more
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 Gar ...more
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 pre ...more
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 ...more
Then he met a metamuse.
But was it all a ruse?
Who 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, ...more
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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 ...more
بهذا الكتاب وحده، دخل كالفينو قائمة كتابي المفضلين، نادي مجانين السرد الذين يقلبون كيانك بكتاباتهم، أظهر كالفينو كل قدراته وكل سخريته في هذه الرواية، ها هو يصنع عملاً مبهراً، عن فن القراءة وعن فن الكتابة معاً، نوع من ألف ليلة وليلة معاصرة، حيث يقفز القارئ من قصة إلى قصة من دون أن يدرك نهاية لأي منها، وكل قصة لا تفضي إلى قصة كما هو الحال في ألف ليلة وليلة، وإنما كل قصة تبتر بسبب غباء وتلاعب دور النشر والمؤلفين، هكذا... نمضي ونحن نطارد فصولاً مفككة ومدمجة معاً في لعبة قص ...more
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Outside the town of Malbork
Leaning from the steep slope
Without fear of wind or vertigo
Looks down in the gathering shadow
In a network of lines that enlace
In a network of lines that
I can't say there weren't very brief times when my attention wandered during one of the stories tha ...more
This book was originally published in 1979 in Italian and its English translation came out 3 years after. Considering that this was originally written in a foreign langua ...more
This isn't a review ,only my thoughts.my friends have written amazing ones.
first it is a brilliant work of the imagination,a group ...more
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