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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
Italo Calvino

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room. Tell the others right away, "No, I don't want to watch TV!" Raise your voice—they won't hear you otherwise—I'm reading! I don't want to be disturbed!" Maybe they haven't heard you, with all that racket; speak louder, yell: "I'm beginning to read Italo Calvino's new novel!" Or if you prefer, don't say anything; just hope they'll leave you alone.

About the Author

Extensive Italo Calvino site.
The Italo Calvino Home Page
Outside the Town of Malbork
Linkoping Science Fiction Archive: Calvino


Calvino's early work tended to be published in sf anthologies, like Judith Merril's annual collections. In that regard, his work has appeared beside the writings of Borges, Delany, Disch and Burroughs.