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Invisible Cities av Italo Calvino
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Invisible Cities (utgåvan 1978)

av Italo Calvino

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In Kublai Khan's garden, at sunset, the young Marco Polo diverts the aged emperor from his obsession with the impending end of his empire with tales of countless cities past, present, and future.
Medlem:JohnPatrickCasey
Titel:Invisible Cities
Författare:Italo Calvino
Info:Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1978), Paperback, 165 pages
Samlingar:Literature, Philosophy and Theory, Art and Architecture
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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    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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I'm not sure I completely understood everything in this odd little book, but it has an interesting premise that is going to make me see cities in quite a different light from now on (well, when we're allowed to travel again, anyway!).

Marco Polo tells Kublai Khan stories of what seems like many different cities. Then we find out that they're all about the same city - Venice. Some of the cities are truly fantastical in nature, while others are more mundane. My favourite was Eusapia in Cities & The Dead 3, where a duplicate of the city lies underground to house the dead, "to continue their former activities". Chilling!

I think this is a book to savour over many weeks or even months, taking in one city in each reading session. I read it very quickly because it's the subject of one of my MA seminars this coming week, and I probably didn't take in as much as I should have! I'm hoping the discussion will shed some light on the more opaque themes of the book. ( )
  mooingzelda | Feb 21, 2021 |
I'm not sure I enjoyed this as much as If on a winter's night a traveler - there's a lot of entries that feel kind of same-y after a while - but when Calvino hits, he hits hard. There are some real breathtaking literary sleights-of-hand here that, despite my personal misgivings about this, shouldn't be missed. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Rich and dreamy, like eating a cake made only from icing. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Jan 19, 2021 |
well, the dream-like language and fantastical imaginings reminded me a bit of Borges, except without a lesson to be learned.

Though, I fully admit I may be too dense for this work. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
Such a little book for so much metaphor. Calvino writes prose that, on the surface of it, is deceptively simple. It’s a lot easier to read than much of Borges stuff too, but it packs just as much metaphysics into each sentence.

Each of the 55 descriptions begins by naming the city (always female) and highlighting what makes it unique. These range from the mundane to the outright fantastical and are distributed through the book in a carefully structured way which this Wikipedia chart helpfully illustrates.

The book is essentially a collection of descriptions of cities that Marco Polo has encountered on his travels and which he relates to Kublai Khan. The cities can be taken individually or considered as variations of one.

I’m not entirely sure what the mathematical arrangement of cities is meant to mean to the reader. The descriptions are interesting in themselves and you can read into them as little or as much as you want.

I didn’t come away from the book with anywhere near the impression that I did with If on a winter’s night a traveller… and was disappointed by that. This felt a lot more serious than traveller… and that left me feeling like I should have somehow done more than simply just read it.

But at least I have read it. ( )
  arukiyomi | Dec 27, 2020 |
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Calvino, Italoprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Baranelli, LucaBidragsgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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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,

their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
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