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Invisible Cities
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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. fromInvisible 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 Citieschanged 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
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Vivlio_Gnosi
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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Excited to add this book to my #TBR stack. I'm anticipating an odd, mystical tale.
I got the suggestion from my current book Emperor of all Maladies.

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shadowspeak17
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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My friend has been wanting me to try one of his favorite Italian authors, so he sent me some #bookmail to expedite the process. 😄📚

#bookmailisthebestmail

Louise Oh, you are in for a treat! Calvino is such an interesting author—full of surprises and multiple meanings! 💕 2mo
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Billypar
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#GetOuttheMap #LillithJuly
There are no maps for the cities Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan in this dreamy, unconventional masterpiece. His tales of city after imaginary city are beautifully written, but also feel like philosophical mysteries to solve. Not sure what Calvino had in mind, but it felt like a struggle to grasp all the dichotomies the world gets split into, and what they share in common.
@KarenUK @Cinfhen

KarenUK What beautiful illustrations! Just gorgeous 😍😍😍 4mo
Cinfhen Strongly agree with my lovely cohost 💜 4mo
Billypar @KarenUK @Cinfhen They're from a box of postcards that we decided to hang on our wall- every now and then they find there way into a Litsy post (as is the case for most of our apartment 🙂). 4mo
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vivastory
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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In one of Calvino's greatest books, Marco Polo relates his journeys to fantastical cities #sofaraway to Kublai Khan. Like much of his other work, Invisible Cities defies easy categorization. Variously described as a whimsical postmodern version of Herodotus, prose poetry & a forerunner of flash fiction. Illustrations are from a wonderful Lithub article:
https://lithub.com/art-inspired-by-italo-calvinos-invisible-cities/
#AnglophileApril

Cinfhen Beautiful images book sounds like a hard one to tackle. I prefer lighter reads 😛 7mo
Theaelizabet This sits on my shelves, but I‘ve yet to get to it (I‘ve only read Baron in the Trees), but when I do, I‘m going to remember “whimsical postmodern version of Herodotus.” 7mo
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emilyhaldi I‘m really into the sound of this!!! Definitely #stacking 😄 7mo
emilyhaldi Wonder if this could work for #booked2018 #genrebusting 🤔 @Cinfhen 7mo
Reviewsbylola Very whimsical. ❤️ 7mo
Mdargusch Great choice for this prompt! 7mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I look forward to your thoughts. I plan on eventually reading all of Calvino's work. 7mo
vivastory @Theaelizabet Did you like Baron in the Trees? I really enjoyed it. 7mo
vivastory @Mdargusch Thanks! 7mo
Theaelizabet @vivastory Yes, I thought it was very clever. 7mo
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vivastory
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1) IT (Invisible Man-both the Wells & the Ellison)
2) Italo Calvino
3) Inception
4) Ice cream cake
This was fun! My apologies for flooding your feeds!
#manicmonday @JoScho

saresmoore I was just going to say how I loved that you did them all at once! 1y
vivastory @saresmoore I thought about just joining in next week, but it would have felt incomplete! I hope you & your family are safe! 1y
saresmoore Thank you! We are safe for now, up in the mountains north of Asheville. 1y
JoScho Yay! Glad you are playing and got all caught up 💛 1y
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paulfrankspencer
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino

I speak and speak but the listener retains only the words he is expecting... It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.

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paulfrankspencer
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino

"Memory's images, once they are fixed in words, are erased," Polo said. "Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it. Or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little."

MariettaSG Oh, the sadness...do we lose or gain by speaking of such things? 2mo
paulfrankspencer @MariettaSG I don't think I agree with the quote. I believe we gain. In theory, I get what he's saying, but in practice we'll lose all of our memories in time anyway. By sharing our thoughts and experience with others, we can witness them validating us. It is by sharing our thoughts that we know we're not dreaming. 2mo
paulfrankspencer @MariettaSG that said, Invisible Cities is very dreamy. 2mo
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peacegypsy
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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I was fortunate to find a bookstore in the Trastevere area of Rome that sold books in English: the Almost Corner Bookshop. So pleased I found a copy of Calvino in Italy! 😃🇮🇹❤️

tournevis Teehee! 1y
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gildedspine
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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"You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours."

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Libby1
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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I will begin by saying that a lot of people would HATE this book.

There is no narrative flow, no clear characters or plot or setting.

But, as I wrote earlier today, it is like a series of poems that ebb and flow into each other.

The book is an imagined series of conversations between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan (Genghis‘s grandson - hence the comic) about the nature of cities.

I found it beautiful and awe inspiring, even in its oddness.

RachelO It sounds like something I need to read! (But might hate 🤔) 2y
Libby1 I hope you‘ll like it, @RachelO . 📚 2y
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Libby1
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Kublai asks Marco, “When you return to the West, will you repeat to your people the same tales you tell me?”

“I speak and speak,” Marco says, “but the listener retains only the words he is expecting.”

MyBookLife So true ❤️ 2y
Libby1 @MyBookLife - there were many nuggets of truth in this book. ❤️ 2y
MariettaSG Too true 2mo
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Libby1
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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If you can read the pictured page then do.

This book is one long train of strange images, like a constantly shifting, twirling poem.

So far it is wonderfully odd and unlike anything I‘ve ever read before.

Cathythoughts I can‘t read . But your description is lovely. It‘s on our bookshelf for years. Hasnt made it to TBR yet 2y
Libby1 Thanks, @Cathythoughts . I usually type out all shared quotes but this one was too long. ⭐️ 2y
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Libby1
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Good place to finish one book and begin the next!

MyBookLife A perfect place!! 2y
Eggs A lovely spot 2y
Zelma Excellent spot. So cozy! 2y
Libby1 I really enjoyed reading there, @MyBookLife , @Eggs , @Zelma 🎄 2y
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Libby1
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“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”

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Libby1
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New morning, new beginnings.

Zelma Nice photo! 👍 2y
Libby1 Thanks, @Zelma ! 2y
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Libby1
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A week ago some friends of ours were in a car accident as they were leaving our house. My husband was coming home from church & was first at the scene. He asked a neighbour to come get me to help.

Unfortunately, the neighbour told me this in such a way that I thought my husband was in the accident and was dead. I‘m still reeling.

Hold tight to your loved ones, Littens. Talk about love & light and books with me. These things are healing. ❤️

DGRachel Thanks, neighbor. 🙈 Sorry you got the news in such a way. I‘d be shaken, too. {hugs} 2y
Redwritinghood What a scare! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs!!! 2y
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Librariana You poor dear! Sounds like that was an unfortunate delivery method and I am SO sorry you had to experience a rollercoaster of emotions due to miscommunication! Hugs upon hugs to you! 💖💜❤ As for sharing bookish news, I did a tiny bit of shopping at Book Outlet for their Thanksgiving sale, then ordered from Book Depository for the very first time EVAH! AND just took advantage of Cyber Monday to order from Barnes and Noble 😁 2y
Librariana Also! I am DIY-ing our Christmas cards this year, listening to audio books while I craft, and planning a visit home to Texas for the holidays 😊❤🎄🎁☃❄ The hubby and I are excited to be spoiled rotten by my Mom's home-cooked meals and by tamales!! 😄 2y
Jabberwocky Oh my god I‘m so sorry to hear that 💛💛💛 2y
rabbitprincess ♥️♥️ 2y
CatLass007 Sorry about that miscommunication from your neighbor. What an awful way to hear about something. As for love, I take care of my 88-year-old mother who has Alzheimer‘s. It‘s a labor of love, but sometimes it‘s rough. And books? I love Litsy in all it‘s wonderful community. I‘ve only been here a few months but it‘s a wonderful place. I‘m so glad it helped me get out of my reading slump. 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh geez! I‘m so sorry! 2y
megt What a terrifying miscommunication! I‘m sorry to hear you‘ve gone through that, but I‘m glad your husband wasn‘t hurt. In bookish news, I‘ve ordered a book for each of my family members for Christmas Eve. I‘m determined to make it a new tradition (I did it last year, too) even though I think only my dad read last year‘s gift. 😊 2y
CouronneDhiver Scary but I‘m so glad that you were able to team up to assist. 2y
arlenefinnigan Bloody hell. Hope all are ok x 2y
LeahBergen 😮😮😮 2y
Jas16 Cannot even imagine. 2y
JennyM Virtual hugs xxx 2y
kathedron Oh my word, how horrible: I'm not surprised you're reeling! xxx 2y
CatLass007 @Libby1 ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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#acityinthetitle #uncannyoctober @RealLifeReading Invisible Cities has city in the title. 😉

MayJasper It certainly does 2y
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Libby1
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I forgot to share my London Book Haul!

I had a lovely, quick visit to London lady weekend where I visited my favourite secondhand book shops.

I‘m pretty excited about all of them, but particularly Invisible Cities and The Sellout.

LeahBergen Nice!! 2y
Libby1 Thanks, @LeahBergen ! 2y
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damlalala
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.

(Venice, Italy)

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Quick audio tonight!

Cathythoughts My husband bought me The Baron In the Trees by Calvino, when we were courting. So he is special for me. Never read any others though. Must have a look 😉 2y
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parttimedomestic
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I spent my #24in48 Saturday morning finishing up Invisible Cities. It took me a while to get into, but once I got into the language I thought it was really beautiful.

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vespertine.volumes
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There are altogether not enough people with whom I can endlessly examine the little gems in this beautiful book.

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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

Well, this is definitely not my cup of tea. The conversations between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan are bearable, but I could make nothing of the descriptions of the various cities (which are supposedly all Venice). I have to admit there are some very beautiful sentences on travelling and how it confronts you with yourself and your past. But still.... #1001books

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myers85
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I hate to admit it but maybe this book went over my head. The prose was fantastic, a stream of incredible metaphors. Dozens of imaginary cities, each carrying some meaning. Some of it I could relate to but some just felt repetitious. A very short book without a plot, it read more like a book of poetry. Probably a book to pick up from time to time rather than to treat like a novel. Very well written but not the type of book that draws you in.

JazzFeathers I've always gotten problems getting into Calvino 3y
myers85 @JazzFeathers agreed. I felt like I should be enjoying it more than I was. 3y
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myers85
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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Only issue with library books... They're not always well looked after! Almost didn't notice this but suddenly realised a whole chapter was missing!

celtichik Oops! 3y
bitterbear 😠😠😠😠 3y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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#riotgrams Day 5: #bookishtattoos I don't have any tattoos, but I've always thought about getting one to do with Invisible Cities, as a way to express my love of both literature and architecture. This is an illustration I found online of one of the cities described in the book.

RadicalReader @Natasha.c.barnes would make a remarkable tattoo 3y
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Margherita_C
Le citt invisibili | Italo Calvino
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[... riconoscere chi e cosa, in mezzo all'inferno, non è inferno, e farlo durare, e dargli spazio.] Le parole in cui mi rifugio quando ho bisogno di sentirmi a casa ❣️

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ladyclassics
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You know you're an adult when your Halloween consists of celebrating finishing writing your students' Midterm with an evening full of reading a new book. Good news is it's my last novel to read before my MA exams next week! Oh how lovely it is to spend your life studying what you love. :) Happy Halloween, Littens! ♡

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JananiReads
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino

In the shape that chance and wind give the clouds, you are already intent on recognising figures: a sailing ship, a hand, and elephant....

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haileybean
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I don't know why I'm not finished with this book yet. I read about 20 or so pages and then put it down. When I pick it up and read it again I find something beautiful like this and have to sit on it for a bit.

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jdtchicago
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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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Lola
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Minimalist covers, minimalist cup. #minimalistcover #augustofpages #augustphotochallenge

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mamasanace
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Pickpick

What a beautiful little book! When 'travel writing' becomes poetry and the past is reimagined. Lyrical, evocative and utterly gorgeous. One to devour in one sitting or to dip into when the fancy takes you.

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haileybean
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"Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess..."

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Lauren2
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Can't wait to read this book, "haunted" by Venice on every page

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Giardi
Le citt invisibili | Italo Calvino
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Giardi 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.” 3y
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