Invisible Cities (Paperback)

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Marco Polo and Kulai Khan sit sipping tea, enjoying the evening. Then Khan asks Polo about the places he has been to and this sets off a novel about memory, architecture, philosophy, the very nature of existence. This is a truly beautiful awe-inspiring work of the imagination. Read it! 

— From Vlad

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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.” — 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

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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780156453806
ISBN-10: 0156453800
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 3rd, 1978
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Harvest/HBJ Book