The real Calvino intersperses 10 different pastiches--stories of menace, spies, mystery, premonition--with explorations of how and why we read, make meanings, and get our bearings or fail to. Meanwhile the Reader and Ludmilla try to reach, and read, each other. If on a Winter's Night is dazzling, vertiginous, and deeply romantic. "What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space."
When I had first read the premise of this book I immediately knew that it would be something either entirely onanistic, pretentious, and full of false profundity, or a complete joy... Read morePublished 6 days ago by James J. Duffy
Love this book. So unique and full of twists and humor. There really is no explaining it. For thoughtful readers -- not fluff!Published 11 days ago by P. Christie
Was looking forward to reading this but never managed to really enjoy it. I found myself reading only for the sake of making it to the end, rather than actually being absorbed in... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mrs Joanne E Batkin
an amazingly complex read that you just don't want to put down with more twists & turns than a corkscrewPublished 25 days ago by jimf
Twists and turns and twelve stories... this one left me hanging on the edge and wishing that it would finally end.Published 1 month ago by KRISTEN HOAGLIN
"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler."
Thus begins Chapter 1, Part 1 of Italo Calvino’s "if on a... Read more
When writers write novels about writing novels, I usually brace myself for a polemic disguised as a novel. Italo Calvino's "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rocco Dormarunno
There were a few well written parts that piqued my interest, but that was about it. I found the second person perspective irritating and the interweaving storyline dull. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craftygal
One of my favorite books ever, and one I give to many people, but only those I really respect. This is a very special and unusual book.Published 2 months ago by Julia Rosenstock