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"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."
“Sections in the bookstore for Italo Clvino
- Books You Haven't Read
- Books You Needn't Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life YouWould Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You've Been Planning to Read forAges
- Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago WhichIt's Now Time to Re-read
- Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them".
IF ON A WINTER´S NIGHT A TRAVELER – BY ITALO CALVINO.
I will talk about a topic of Unit 1 that caught my attention. I will tell you a little about the book “If on a winter's night a traveler” by Italo Calvino. Italo was born in Cuba but grew up in the city of SanRemo in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. He was born in 1923 and died in 1985. In 1979 he wrote If on a Winter's Night a Traveler . This work consists of ten unfinished novels within a novel.
Calvino's anti-novel is about the efforts of his two characters — a man called only The Reader, and the Other Reader, a woman named Ludmilla — to read ten very differentnovels. They are never able to get to the second chapter of any of them. Finally, the two marry and settle down to read in bed — a novel called “ If on a Winter's Night a Traveler” by Italo Calvino. Among other things, Calvino insists that novels cannot be a form of "escape" from the world, because reading and life are inseparable. The text provides an examination of the different ways of reading andof the expectations of different kinds of readers; it is also an exploration of the relationship between the writer and the reader.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller 'you' are the main character - the Reader - immersing yourself in the story. The full text for Calvino's novel is not available, and we, the reader, are frustrated, but Calvino has thoughtfully supplied us with the beginning ofanother novel, and then another, and another...each story is very compelling. Chapters are alternating between 'you' the reader searching for the missing ends of the books like if you were reading a “Choose Your Own Adventre” book, and the beginnings of the books themselves. Chapter 1 is you buying the book. Chapter two is chapter one of the book. Chapter three is you realising the book has beenmis-printed, and going to the book shop to exchange it, only to get a different book in return. Chapter four: the first chapter of the new book. And so on...
Each 'new' novel seems to build upon the themes of the previous one. Recursion plays a heavy part throughout, we are pulled deeper into stories that are completely, absolutely different on the surface, but deep down, at their core, it is the samestory, or an extension of the previous, or a beginning to the last.
The sections where 'Calvino' is talking to 'you' are for the most part written in a familiar, intelligent style. At times 'you' seem to be governing the narration, at others, Calvino.
The novel may sound very confusing - and occasionally it can be . Too often with post-modern novels there is a tendency to leave the conclusion...
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