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Enter Randomness: Italo Calvino March 30, 2012

Posted by nrlymrtl in Invisible Cities.
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My cat doesn't get it either.

What does this cat have to do with Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities? Nothing. Nothing whatsoever. I simply like this cat. Like I liked this book.

Lady Darkcargo put it very well in an earlier post that this is very much like a choose-your-own-adventure book. There was no point to this book, as in most novels have a tale, a story line of sorts. Once I got that down, i simply enjoyed the prose and imagery.

I could see Calvino sitting in some artsy little coffee or wine shop in Paris scribbling on a napkin and that scribble being expanded a little on the public transportation back to his flat, and eventually getting typed up and becoming the four paragraphs that make up Cities and the Sky 4. There was no need to write these in any order, though I wonder if he did. And once written, how did he decide what order to place them in for this book?