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In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo - Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.… (mer)
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    Labyrinter av Jorge Luis Borges (WSB7)
    WSB7: Both have wonderfully imaginative but controlled semiotic exercises.
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    Fiktioner av Jorge Luis Borges (Carnophile)
    Carnophile: Both books are liesurely contemplations of fantastical situations, not plot- or character-driven, but conceptual.
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    Staden & staden av China Miéville (snarkhunt)
    snarkhunt: Calvino's book is a travelogue of impossible societies while China's book is a sweet little noir stuck in the middle of one.
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    Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was av Angélica Gorodischer (spiphany)
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    Tainaron: Mail from Another City av Leena Krohn (ari.joki)
    ari.joki: An allegory of the human condition by revealing one facet at a time through presenting a foreign, strange city with foreign, strange inhabitants.
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    Mr. Palomar av Italo Calvino (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: Thes two books are in some ways very like each other, and in some ways quite the opposite. In Mr Palomar various locations, things, and thoughts are described precisely with the utmost eloquence and detail, whereas in Invisible Cities, it is one place being described in many different ways, hazy, as if seen through lenses of different qualities, and warping mirrors. But the effect is much the same, both books give you something to think about, make you see things in different ways, and are a pleasure to read. Both books also contain no strong plot, and consist of many small and diverse sections, and in a way, could be dipped into. Where Palomar gets very much into the mind of the protagonist, and his fixed, elaborate, and definite interpretations of reality, Invisible Cities is similar in that the recollections are also told from the point of view of the narrator, but differ each time, none being tied to reality, all of them containing aspects of truth found through how you interpret them. If you enjoyed reading one of these books, you should enjoy the other.… (mer)
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    The Book of Imaginary Beings av Jorge Luis Borges (Torikton)
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    Solution 11-167: The Book of Scotlands av Momus (Kolbkarlsson)
    Kolbkarlsson: Written in the same vein, The Book of Scotlands lists a series of alternative scotlands previously unheard of. Every Scotland is written in it's own style, but with similar wit and daunting imagination.
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    Skapelsens kön av Jeanette Winterson (WSB7)
    WSB7: Each has a partially factual/partially imagined frame.
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    The Logogryph: A Bibliography Of Imaginary Books av Thomas Wharton (unctifer)
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    Viriconium: "The Pastel City", "A Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" av M. John Harrison (Torikton)
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    The Dictionary of Imaginary Places {original edition} av Alberto Manguel (VanishedOne)
    VanishedOne: One is systematic and compendious, the other flows freely from one impression to another, but both flit between windows onto imaginary vistas.
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    Paintings av Victor Segalen (defaults)
    defaults: A series of descriptions of imaginary ancient Chinese paintings. Uncannily similar in tone, hieratic and surreal, rabbit-holes inscribed in rabbit-holes... and written several decades earlier.
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    Palimpsest av Catherynne Valente (PhoenixFalls)
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    Marco Polos resor i Asien 1271-1295 av Marco Polo (Jannes)
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    Marcovaldo or The Seasons in the City av Italo Calvino (unctifer)
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    Ring (Swiss Literature Series) av Elisabeth Horem (Nickelini)
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    Atlas över avlägsna öar: Femtio öar som jag aldrig besökt och aldrig kommer att besöka av Judith Schalansky (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Little vignettes about places. Calvino's are more fanciful and there's a twist, while Schalansky's are little anecdotes based on actual bizarre and out-of-the-way places.
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    Slätterna av Gerald Murnane (RuthMarieLandry)
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    Freud's Alphabet: A Novel av Jonathan Tel (hdcanis)
    hdcanis: A novel starring a historical person (Marco Polo or Sigmund Freud) exploring a city (Venice or London) in fragmentary manner, each fragment handling a different aspect of the city.

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Nota preliminar: Italo Calvino - Conferencia pronunciada por Calvino en inglés, el 29 de marzo de 1983, para los estudiantes de Graduate Wrinting División de la Columbia University de Nueva
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Categorías: Novelas, cuentos y relatos
  al12gui | Jul 9, 2024 |
You can read this story by the Italian fabulist Calvino on two different levels. Ostensibly a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan in which the adventurer describes 55 cities he has visited in the empire to the emperor, you can try to focus on the unique physical aspect of each city as described. This is interesting and has led to many different artists creating visual interpretations of the cities as described in the book. But that's not really what the book is about.

Each description of a city, 1-3 pages long each, takes one facet of the human experience and makes it the defining feature of that city. In Chloe, everyone is a stranger, no one ever greets anyone with recognition, and at each encounter with another person, one imagines a thousand different possibilities unfolding before quickly looking away. Perenthia was laid out in design to reflect the perfection of the firmament, to create heaven and utopia on earth, but gives birth to monsters. Octavia is suspended from a net stretched across a void between two huge mountains, buildings held up by being tied to the net above; life is less uncertain in Octavia, as inhabitants know the net will last only so long. Valdrada was built above a reflective lake, so that nothing that happens in the above ground Valdrada does not also happen in the Valdrada of the lake, and the inhabitants are so aware of their copied image that they take no action without taking special care of how that copied image will look (this book was published in 1972, well before Instagram!).

Halfway through the book, Polo tells Kublai Khan that in describing each city he is really describing his home city of Venice, describing some aspect of that city. But he is also describing some aspect of humanity in each description of a city. As Kublai Khan tells him in one of the dialogues that are placed between descriptions of cities, "I hear, from your voice, the invisible reasons which make cities live, through which perhaps, once dead, they will come to life again." Polo replies, "Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents. Your atlas preserves the differences intact: that assortment of qualities which are like the letters in a name."

Humanity, in other words, is more similar than the differences suggested by maps and human constructions. More durable as well. Travelogues are interesting but what they tend to describe is not lasting. "Only in Marco Polo's accounts was Kublai Khan able to discern, through the walls and towers destined to crumble, the tracery of a pattern so subtle it could escape the termites' gnawing."

It's a hopeful vision. ( )
  lelandleslie | Feb 24, 2024 |
Cosa si può scrivere de Le città invisibili? O di Calvino in generale? Se come me amate le prose senza fronzoli e di quella semplicità che riesce come nient’altro a raccontare la matassa inestricabile delle cose della vita e della morte, non mancate di leggervi qualcosa di Calvino.

Le città invisibili è una guida alle città dei territori sotto il dominio di Kublai Kan, che si fa raccontare da Marco Polo le loro caratteristiche. Nella lettura, è facile scoprire somiglianze con le nostre città e noi abitanti, in un intreccio che ci rivela parti di noi stessз, a loro volta riflesse negli spazi che abitiamo.

È per questo che ogni rilettura de Le città invisibili ci dirà qualcosa di diverso: in momenti diversi della nostra vita avremo bisogno di concentrarci e riflettere su fili diversi della matassa e sentiremo più vicina quella o quell’altra città, quello o quell’altro scambio tra Kublai Kan e Marco Polo.

A questo giro non ho potuto fare a meno di essere colpita dalle possibilità perse, dalle città malate e dall’importanza di vedere gli sprazzi di luce e farli brillare nonostante il fumo acre degli incendi.

Solo se conoscerai il residuo d’infelicità che nessuna pietra preziosa arriverà a risarcire, potrai computare l’esatto numero di carati cui il diamante finale deve tendere, e non sballerai i calcoli del tuo progetto dall’inizio.


Grazie, Calvino. Alla prossima. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Jan 17, 2024 |
When Marco Polo first meets Kublai Khan they do not speak the same language. Of the many hundreds of languages in the Khan's empire they don't have even one in common. Instead Marco Polo uses a number of small objects to indicate certain ideas, and a dialogue using these symbols is born. Eventually the two of them develop a lingua franca of whatever words in common they pick up and their own mutual experience with each other. This communication is forever anchored around the initial experience with the objects.
"Each piece of information about a place recalled to the emperor’s mind that first gesture or object which Marco designated the place. The new fact received a meaning from that emblem and also added to the emblem a new meaning. Perhaps, Kublai thought, the empire is nothing but a zodiac of the mind’s phantasms."
Guuuuuh that's so fucking rad. ( )
  ethorwitz | Jan 3, 2024 |
Only for those enchanted by Latin American 'magicians' - Borges, Rulfo, Coelho and the like.
  Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
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Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expedition, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his.
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Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret,

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