Invisible Cities

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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice.

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ISBN 9780099429838
Author

Calvino I

Publisher

Edition

2002

Binding

Paperback

Weight 0.117 kg
Dimensions 1 × 12.9 × 19.8 cm

Description

‘The most beautiful of his books throws up ideas, allusions, and breathtaking imaginative insights on almost every page. Each time he returns from his travels, Marco Polo is invited by Kublai Khan to describe the cities he has visited.. .Although he makes Marco Polo summon up many cities for the Khan’s imagination to feed on, Calvino is describing only one city in this book. Venice, that decaying heap of incomparable splendour, still stands as substantial evidence of man’s ability to create something perfect out of chaos’ Paul Bailey Times Literary Supplement

About the author
Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923. He grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985

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