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Invisible Cities (Paperback)

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“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”

As Kublai Khan’s power comes to an end, Marco Polo sits in the emperor’s garden describing the various cities throughout Khan’s domain. Full of fantastical descriptions, anachronisms, and metropolises eluding the physical constraints of reality, each new chapter is a vision of an incredible place. These chapters form a pattern of themes, and in interludes between them Khan and Polo overcome their language barrier to probe ideas of human experience; power, culture, death, memory, etc. This conceptual novel, one of Calvino’s most celebrated, is more an exploration of imagination than any physical place.

— Matt

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Italo Calvino's beloved, intricately crafted novel about an Emperor's travels??—??a brilliant journey across far-off places and distant memory.

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo??—??Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.

About the Author


ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century’s greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winters night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156453806
ISBN-10: 0156453800
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 3rd, 1978
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Harvest/HBJ Book
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