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In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvellous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099429838
ISBN-10: 0099429837
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » This is an infuriating and exquisite fantasy which takes outrageous liberties with maps. Marco Polo is brought before the Kublai Khan and obliged to describe 55 of the cities he has encountered on his journeys. There is the earth-hating town of Baucis where everything is raised on stilts, the spiderweb city of Octavia, the woven metropolis of Eudoxia where citizens are lost among the cloth and threads... Of course, you'll not find any of these mesmerizing places in an atlas unless it is an atlas of daydreams. These are cities far too playful and beguiling to be real. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923. He grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985.

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