Fiction Italo Calvino Invisible Cities

ISBN 13: 9780156453806

Invisible Cities

4.19 avg rating
( 39,997 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780156453806: Invisible Cities

“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.” — from Invisible Cities

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.

Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, 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." So begins Italo Calvino's compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which "has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be," the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take.

About the Author:

ITALO CALVINO (1923–1985) attained worldwide renown as one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Italo Calvino
Published by Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Muffin Hartcourt Trade. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0156453800

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.65
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Calvino, Italo
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Quantity Available: 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1978. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # V6-9780156453806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Italo Calvino
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), United States (1978)
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), United States, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Harvest/HBJ.. Language: English . Brand New Book. In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo--Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales 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. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780156453806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Italo Calvino
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), United States (1978)
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), United States, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Harvest/HBJ.. Language: English . Brand New Book. In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo--Tartar emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts the emperor with tales 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. Soon it becomes clear that each of these fantastic places is really the same place. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780156453806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.85
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Calvino, Italo
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1978)
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0156453800

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.51
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Calvino, Italo
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 1978. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780156453806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Calvino, Italo
Published by Mariner Books 5/3/1978 (1978)
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books 5/3/1978, 1978. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. Invisible Cities. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780156453806

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Calvino, Italo
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1978)
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # 0156453800

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Calvino, Italo
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0156453800. Bookseller Inventory # Z0156453800ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Calvino, Italo
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
ISBN 10: 0156453800 ISBN 13: 9780156453806
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0156453800. Bookseller Inventory # Z0156453800ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book