If on a winter's night a traveler (Paperback)

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A novel inside a novel inside a novel, with a little love story on the side. Calvino's style's and the way he tells stories always amazes me. 

— From Stephanie


Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.


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 extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156439619
ISBN-10: 0156439611
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: October 20th, 1982
Pages: 272
Language: English