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EBOOK Ý EPUB Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore è FREE ´ If on a Winter's Night a Traveler is a marvel of ingenuity an experimental text that looks longingly back to the great age of narration—when time no longer seemed stopped and did not yet seem to have exploded Italo Calvino's novel is in one sense a Of narration when time no longer seemed stopped and did not yet seem to have exploded Italo Calvino's novel is in one sen An experimental novel The main character is a reader who can’t finish a book because the print copies are mixed up and he ends up reading first chapters of various novels over and over again He meets up with a woman who has the same problem and he goes on a search to find the rest of the book for both of them Actually there are two women sisters who have different ideas about books and what the purpose of reading is They appear in different guises throughout the story The narrative is labyrinth like as if Borges had written it But it’s not fair to really focus on the “plot” Like many of Calvino’s works this is a work of philosophy than a novel And like all of Calvino’s work there’s a heavy dose of fantasy and absurdity There’s a professor of “Cimmerian literature and Bothno Ugaric languages” which sounded so realistic I looked them up to be sure they weren’t real The book is made up of ten stories; think of them as chapters A recurring theme is messages that he sees around him It’s focused on how we relate to books “Reading is going toward something that is about to be and no one yet knows what it will be” There is discussion of “someone who has learned not to read” He touches on issues with translated books There’s a chapter on ways of reading a book While reading “something must always remain that eludes us” which of course has often been said of poetry I enjoyed his digs at deconstruction and the French scholars such as this passage referring to a conference “during the reading there must be some who underline the reflections of production methods others the process of reification others the sublimation of repression others the sexual semantic codes others the metalanguages of the body others the transgressions of roles in politics and in private life”This I thought was apropos given current concerns about “fake news” “We’re in a country where everything that can be falsified has been falsified paintings in museums gold ingots bus tickets The counterrevolution and the revolution fight with salvos of falsification the result is that no one can be sure what is true and what is false the political police simulate revolutionary actions and the revolutionaries disguise themselves as policemen” I have liked other works by Calvino Invisible Cities; The Watcher short stories but this one just didn’t do it for me I was lost at times in the narrative and had to re read to figure out what was going on and at times didn’t seem worth all the effort But many passages had great insight photo from florencephotoscom

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Se a comedy in which the two protagonists the Reader and the Other Reader ultimately end up married having almost finished Why do you read? 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 told a story like in your childhood days Maybe you read to find yourself Or your former selves Or the shadows of the younger or projected older versions of yourself Or to fill that gnawing void that is tearing you apart Perhaps you read to escape the grey hues of your mundane reality The constant nagging of useless typing that reverberates all day long at the office The futile bureaucracy of preordained jobs that keep you glued to a screen dying slowly in front of a computer or behind a counter or in an assembly line or behind a wheel or listening to nonsense of all sorts Maybe you read to defy the large scale absurdity of a world that has lost its humanity To shout out in silence To resist the general predisposition for resigned acceptance without uestioning the results of your actions Whatever the reason burying your nose in a book works like magic because once you have turned the front cover an exuisite crawl of small inked letters absorbs all your attention while the prosaic surroundings that oppress you vanish in the blink of an eye Gone are the obligations The responsibilities The sacrifices Your failures Past Present and Future Only the book and you exist A sophisticated game for two A uniue chance to start from scratch and get that ending that you didn't manage to secure in your real life Wait Or is it a new beginning that you are seeking? Calvino is a masterful teaser Rather than displaying his artistry through a sophisticated or overly ornamented narrative style he turns the focus on the Reader who becomes the true protagonist of this contemporary novels where the experience of reading mirrors the act of writing Opening a book generates expectation of the purest kind Everything is possible because nothing has happened yet Beginnings imply sheer rapture for they carry the promises or even better the yearnings that make hearts beat and pulses accelerate with anticipation Beginnings carry that wistful aura that hovers around a closed book or a first date before they lose that original gloss And so what could be better than a book composed of only beginnings? The best stories are the ones not yet written the ones that hold all the potentiality of infinite untrodden paths countless possible endings Calvino is a brilliant writer but he is also an observant a meticulous thief who has mused long and deep upon the elusive facets of literature He addresses the Reader in second person narrator and gets infiltrated in his mind stealing his intimate mental pictures to construct his stillborn stories ruthlessly tantalizing him until the agonizing cacophony of fake characters secret conspiracies carefully chosen settings and irresistible femme fatales provide a tapestry of elegant thematic patterns that sing the most symphonious hymn to books and to the art of reading I have ever encounteredWhy do I read? To see captured in written words what is inexpressible The true essence of what it means to Love Literature To live forever and to die every time the last page of a novel you don't want to end is inevitably turned

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Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatoreIf on a Winter's Night a Traveler is a marvel of ingenuity an experimental text that looks longingly back to the great age You are about to read Mark Nicholls’s review of Italo Calvino’s postmodern classic If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller You might want to position yourself in a comfortable chair before you begin or place a cushion behind your back as we know how arduous it can be to read things off the internet You might also care to prepare a coffee a light snack or to switch a light on before beginningYou might be thinking that this review is not going to interest you since book reviews on books you haven’t read can often be frustrating For starters the writer delves into details about the plot which spoil the surprises a blind reading of the book might create and likewise you are unable to form an opinion yourself and share your thoughts on the text in uestionConversely you might have read the text and are familiar with the second person narration that addresses the reader directly and places them as a protagonist in the book You might think this review an obvious imitation of Calvino’s uniue style and become irate as you read on wondering when the reviewer is going to get around to summarising the plotIn fact you become so irate you search for the book on but are incandescent when you notice each review is also written in the same imitative style and the gimmick becomes so irritating you have to leave the room for a moment to calm yourself downAs you leave the room someone knocks on the door It is a door to door salesman offering copies of Italo Calvino’s novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller at a reduced price He begins his sale by saying “You are wondering whether or not this novel is for you or whether you might find a novel with the beginnings of ten separate novels included as part of the plot somewhat bemusing or distracting You are unsure whether to slam the door in my face or to go get your credit card”You slam the door in his face As you return to the living room you notice that Mark Nicholls has broken into your house and is sitting naked on the couch reading Italo Calvino’s novel If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller You are very confused and frightened Feelings of arousal and apoplexy stir up inside you You decide to call the police but Mark Nicholls springs up from the chair as you move towards the phone“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 wallYou start to sob That was your best cup and there is coffee over the walls and carpet Further Mark Nicholls appears to be swinging his penis at you performing an embarrassing 360° swingaround which slowly hypnotises you into a deep deep sleep When you wake up you are at your desk Mark Nicholls and the coffee stain has gone You wonder why there is a grapefruit in your left hand and an antelope on your sofa Those of you who read only the opening sentence and skipped to the end get a strange feeling of anticlimax