Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

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November 12, 2012 by yamakashi

Books, j'adore

Just a reminder that during November, I’ll be reviewing short stories instead of novels. This adjustment will hopefully allow me to complete both the manuscript due December 1st and 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month. 

 

Invisible Cities is not exactly a collection of short stories, but it reads very differently than a traditional novel. I read it for the first time during my semester abroad; I was taking a class about travel writing, and it was one of the books assigned. I loved it. I used it as the basis for a paper I wrote for the class in which I created my own cities. In the book, each “chapter” has a name such as Thin Cities or Cities andSigns, and although I can no longer find the paper itself, I remember that my cities were called Cities and Love. I was nineteen then, and obsessed…

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