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If on a winter's night a traveler

If on a winter's night a traveler


by Italo Calvino

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Literature and Language Quotes

The novel begins in a railway station, a locomotive huffs, steam from a piston covers the opening of the chapter, a cloud of smoke hides part of the first paragraph. (2.1)

Jealousy Quotes

You try to picture how the world might appear, this world dense with writing that surrounds us on all sides, to someone who has learned not to read. And at the same time you ask yourself what bond...

Lies and Deceit Quotes

[Y]ou, who unearthed that title because you know the title and nothing more, and you liked letting her believe you had read it, now have to extricate yourself with generic comments, like "It moves...

Disappointment Quotes

Well, what about books? Well, precisely because you have denied [pleasure] in every other field, you believe you may still grant yourself legitimately this youthful pleasure of expectation in a car...

Gender Quotes

Your attention, as reader, is now completely concentrated on the woman, already for several pages you have been circling around her, I have—no, the author has—been circling around the feminine...

Education Quotes

If you start arguing she'll never let you go. Now she is inviting you to a seminar at the university, where books are analyzed according to all Codes, Conscious and Unconscious, and in which all Ta...

Fate and Free Will Quotes

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new book, If on a winter's night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. (1.1)

Innocence Quotes

"I would like to swim against the stream of time: I would like to erase the consequences of certain events and restore an initial condition. But every moment of my life brings with it an accumulati...

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