If on a winter's night a traveler / Italo Calvino ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver ; with an introduction by Peter Washington
By: Calvino, Italo
Contributor(s): Weaver, WilliamMaterial type: TextLanguage: English Original language: Italian Series: Everyman's library: 138Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992Distributor: New York : Distributed by Random House Edition: 1st edDescription: xli, 254 pages ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0679420258; 9780679420255Uniform titles: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore. English Subject(s): Italian fictionDDC classification: 813.4 LOC classification: PQ4809.A45 | S3713 1993
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Italo Calvino’s masterpiece combines a love story and a detective story into an exhilarating allegory of reading, in which the reader of the book becomes the book’s central character.
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxvi-xxvii)
If on a winter's night a traveler -- 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 intersect -- On the carpet of leaves illuminated by the moon -- Around an empty grave -- What story down there awaits its end?
Based on a analogy between the reader's desire to finish the story and the lover's desire to consummate his or her passion, this book is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book are constantly and comically frustrated