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READER ´ DOC Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore FREE ✓ ❮Reading❯ ➷ Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore Author Italo Calvino – 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 narrationSe a comedy in which the two protagonists the Reader and the Other Reader ultimately end up married having almost finished When I was young in the 1950’s the whole family would gather around our ancient rabbit eared black white TV when the postwar sensation Perry Como came on And every week he’d start out by singing ‘Dream along with me I’m on my way to the Stars’That’s sorta like where the magician Calvino sends us in this bemusing and magical romp through the strawberry fields of our imaginations and hisHis book is the very stuff dreams are made onHe uses everything but the kitchen sink as the components for this Rube Goldbergian literary contraption aimed at one thing onlyOur SHEER DELIGHTCalvino had his brains stretched uite a bit half starving in the Italian hill country a fugitive from Mussolini’s ‘justice’ while working for the Resistance but post traumatic stress can with an iron and sternly self possessing will be put to bountiful use Witness books like thisAnd we are his beneficiaries in this golden legacy of tales tales that transpire in a magical twilight land halfway between the real and the unrealBut though Calvino’s wildly inventive yarns seem in essence so wonderful he doesn’t allow any whimsical turn of plot to turn back upon itself in a comforting mind fold or even repeat itself assuringly at another point of the book There is little closure and it is all so vibrantly open ended and inventiveSo WHY is he going so strongly against the common grain endlessly changing the subject with each new chapter?Well this Italian postmodernist like us is afflicted grievously with the ricocheting catastrophes of each day’s brutal events trumpeted at every fraction of a half turn by the proud press and has no secure footholdFor as Paul Simon wroteYou can’t expect to be bright and bon vivantSo far away from homeOur heart will always be in our first home as Bachelard says in The Poetics of Space and so it is the place where all our dreams have their rootThe modern age has cast us adrift We must begin at the beginning againIf we think back we’ll see how our childhood dreams were rocked to sleep in the shadow of the informing myths and legends of our ageWorking below the surface of reality in our meditations we can knit the scattered pieces of our lives back together with stories like Calvino’sScattered stories Separate stories Like the stories of our everyday nondescript livesAnd Calvino lives in a world leached of its meaning by the press as we doHe lives in an open ended universe As a new book recently put it everything is now uantumnition Grist for the mill of chanceSo Pascal after his life affirming mystical vision he was a man WAY ahead of his time by the way said “man is a thinking reed” He means without God in our lives we are apt to change our mind with every new windBut until we find Him postmodernism is the aegis under which we and Calvino must create our ethereal kingdoms of romanceAnd from thence our unending attempts at magical escapes Until as Forster says we “only connect” our own stories and escapes to the overarching myths that make our minds what they areSo DON’T be waylaid by your frustration in not initially making sense of his fantastic crazy uilt jumble of yarnsAnd don’t get stressed thinking about their place in the story Just RELAX AND ENJOYAnd if you’ve never read Calvino you’re in for the RIDE OF YOUR LIFESo if you’re feeling comfortably relaxed nowOnce in a lifetime along comes a bookThat’s absolutely Perfect for a Long Cold Night of Dream laden Meandering ReadingAnd THIS is IT

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If 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

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Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatoreOf 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