By Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino imagines a singular able to never-ending mutations during this intricately crafted tale approximately writing and readers.
If on a Winter's evening a Traveler seems to be now not one novel yet ten, every one with a distinct plot, sort, atmosphere, and writer, and every interrupted at a second of suspense. jointly they shape a labyrinth of literatures, recognized and unknown, alive and extinct, in which readers, a male and a feminine, pursue either the tale strains that intrigue them and one another.
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