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I hope I can safely say for everyone that once in our lives we have imagined a particular world, a particular life where the existence is calvno our terms and conditions.

Calvino is one of the sacred cows of literature. Nov 02, Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it. They carry a guidebook of the city of Madrid, and are trying to make sense out of the book, a book written in their language, and also make sense out of the city, written in the language of cities. It suggests multiple routes of reading, much like some of the twisted and recursive paths through the cities themselves.

In all, I had just eight years to picture my city.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities that are narrated by Polo, many of which can be read as parables or meditations on culturelanguagetimememorydeathor the invisiblli nature of human experience. Once upon a time the world was getting smaller. I presume that is to impress upon the incongruous ideas presented in this book on cities and its residents.


The cities’ ditt, desires, dead, names, skies and other shared traits may be explored but never to the same effect. This article has multiple issues. See Books I Loathed. Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice.

Invisible Cities

Marco Polo bowed every time and with great aplomb set off for his great voyages. A lot of people think it’s genius, but I citg they are pretending becasue none of them can actually explain what the point is. How did that come about? Neither Kafka, nor Borges nor Calvino, had ever been to China.

It makes me read too but not the words. View all 3 comments. It’s almost purely description in conversation. It must be the monuments, the streets, the histories, the nourishment, the inhabitants, the parks, the related but different language that they want to understand. Italo Ca Oh,the city, city This is one book that I am most willing to read again and again as the prose of the book reads like poetry.

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As fond of it as I am, I try to think of it as little as possible. Each deserves a different name; perhaps I have already spoken of Venice under other names; perhaps I have spoken only of Venice. The same pattern is used in reverse in chapter 1 as the diagonal cascade of cities is born.


He darts his eyes around and before he catches me, I look the other ways. But it annoyed me as hell. It also mentions real cities from our world. Cities and capvino Dead 9.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Here the parks are filled with strollers and a depanneur is never inviisibili than a minute away. Even when talking about histories and ruins and the march of generations, the message is both timeless and timely. I shall repeat the reason why I was describing it to you: Mar 25, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: He knew his cities were real.

I got a message from a goodreader asking me why I put up the whole story of the book without a spoiler warning Accidentally I stumbled into it and never left.

Some of his writing has been called postmodernreflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply “modern”. Beware of his trap though!

It is a city that could grow horizontally imvisibili it is on a barren plateau.