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Analysis

Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.

Reading and Books

It's time to get meta.If on a winter's night a traveler is basically one big allegory for the process of reading and the pleasure you can get out of it. So yeah, we hope you liked it.By following d...

Government Authority

There's no way Calvino was going to let you out of this one without throwing some political commentary in. Most of the beef comes in later on in the book, after you (the character) have flown to At...

Academia (The University)

You've probably noticed that If on a winter's night a traveler doesn't present the nicest view of universities and academia in general—especially when it comes to reading. Whether it's the crampe...

The Father of Stories

This "man of immemorial age" (11.12) is only around for a few pages in the letters of Ermes Marana, but you can tell right away he's high up on the Symbolic Importance Scale. Here's what we know ab...

The Organization of Apocryphal Power

Before we begin, we'd just like to ask: does the name of this group scare the pants of anyone else? Because seriously… nightmares.The Organization of Apocryphal Power (ah!) was originally founded...

Flannery's Spyglass

Flannery uses his spyglass (this fancy-looking device) to spy on the ladies. Yep. He's kind of a creeper.If we dig beyond the creepiness, though, this spyglass shows us how men try to gain a sense...

Trains

We'll give you one guess as to what trains represent. Go on, guess.Yep: movement. Ta-da! Let's take a closer look. Calvino describes trains as the "locomotives and steam engines of today and yester...
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