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If on a winter's night a traveler

by: Italo Calvino

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co (1979)


Staff Pick by comrade: Kevin

BOOK NERDS!- this one is for you! Calvino smashes the fourth wall with a sledgehammer and then stitches together a myriad of delightfully halting stories that keep you wanting more. This book is incredibly intricate, playful and cute.

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.