Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetia

  • Title: Invisible Cities
  • Author: Italo Calvino William Weaver
  • ISBN: 9780156453806
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his So begins Italo Calvino s compilation of fragmentary urban images As Marco tell Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his So begins Italo Calvino s compilation of fragmentary urban images As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be, the spider web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take.

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    1. Italo Calvino William Weaver

      Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy 1952 1959 , the Cosmicomics collection of short stories 1965 , and the novels Invisible Cities 1972 and If On a Winter s Night a Traveler 1979.His style is not easily classified much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics , although sometimes his writing is realistic and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Loves, for example Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply modern He wrote My working method has often than not involved the subtraction of weight I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.


    1. Invisible Cities Imagined LivesMarco Polo was a dreamer He had great ambitions wanting to be a traveller, a writer and a favored courtier He wanted to live in the lap of luxury in his lifetime and in the best illustrated pages of history later But he could only be a dreamer and never much Was it good enough He never travelled anywhere and spent his life dreaming away in his Venice and is remembered to this day as the greatest explorer and travel writer of all time How did that come about It is [...]

    2. A five star reviewI hate flying The claustrophobia of it So usually when I return to Italy after visiting London I catch the train to Paris and then the night train to Venice That s my little extravagance I catch the night train to Venice and not Florence for one moment The moment of walking out of the station of Santa Lucia and beholding the Grand Canal I sit on the steps and let all the activity on the canal wash through me I m not sure why this moment means so much to me It s not a moment I c [...]

    3. Heidi Whitman Brain Terrain.I have not read Marco Polos s Journeys, but I could imagine what he has written Had I read it, I also would have had to imagine what he had written Same verbs, different tenses.As I am sitting on a bench in front of a museum, waiting for a friend, a family of Italian tourists comes and sits next to me They come from the land of Marco Polo, or maybe not, may be from the land of Italo Calvino since I do not know if they are Venetians Italy was a projection of the Imagin [...]

    4. It s easy to describe what Invisible Cities is not rather than what it is as it s really very difficult to ascertain which category it can be put into it neither has a clear plot nor characters are developed as they normally are, it can t be called a novel or collection of stories, can t be put in any one genre since it surpasses so many but still something extraordinary, something which can t be described in words, which can only be felt The book has loose dialogues between emperor Kublai Khan [...]

    5. Marco Polo Now I shall tell you of the beautiful city of Nottingham where the buildings are made mostly of blue glass, onyx and sausagemeat The men of the city trade in fur, spices and photographs of each other with their respective spouses All the men have large phalluses, sometimes so large they must cut pieces out of the tops of their front doors before they can exit their houses in the morning This is a city of dreamers and anthropophagi, of astronomers and chess players, all with the larges [...]

    6. Theories.One could easily declare that the protagonists of this book are the cities, which are different versions of the same city that doesn t really exist, only maybe in the writer s mind Either Venice or Paris, Calvino s cities are a trip through imagination to lives never had, doors never opened, people never met.Someone else might appoint the reader as the real protagonist of Calvino s book for he becomes the traveler who visits these cities mentally, which are nothing else than representat [...]

    7. Image of new and old Shanghai, photographed by Greg Girard in 2000 curbed archives 2014 09 18 , chronologically equidistant between my two visits there It is, and maybe always has been, a city of contrasting, unequal, parts and pairs, like many of the Invisible Cities Each man bears in his mind a city made only of differences ListenI ve been eavesdropping on the mysterious, hypnotic conversations between a famous explorer from antiquity and the powerful emperor of a distant land Marco Polo and K [...]

    8. You landed in my world on a calm, dewy eveningAnd struck was I with a song I was about to sing A song that lay hidden in the silhouettes of each letterThat protruded from the cover, all poised to embitter.But waited I, patiently, under the light of the mundane day You see, Mr Calvino, I had a knack of seeing your way.Fusing the curious with the depth, and peppering them with some humor too All too often, you had served, a world that was both fictional and true.So, on a fine evening, when all you [...]

    9. This is the third book that I have attempted to write a response to this week, and failed I think I am going through a very internal, sponge like phase To say that I haven t been going out much would be a ridiculous understatement I hole up in my bed, finish a book, set it down and grab another almost instantly, comparing the smell of the old to that of the new, then dive straight in, surfacing only rarely for air I haven t felt up to hammering down my feelings about these things that I have bee [...]

    10. I live in a city, and every day I ride the subway with people who live in different cities Aggressively loud teenagers, exhausted laborers with grimy hands, sparkling skinny women in careful clothes, Michael Cera I don t think they would recognize my city.But we find our city, and our city finds us, right The Flamethrowers artist Reno moves to a New York full of artists madly creating Patrick Bateman is fake, and he lives in a fake New York The Street s Lutie lives in a cruel New York, and she b [...]

    11. Marco Polo and Kublai Khan talk of cities Marco has visited.Where to begin with this one I thought the writing was beautiful Calvino and his translator painted vivid pictures of various cities, each a seemingly magical realm with its own quirks As Marco tells and stories, Kublai questions the nature of his empire.Unfortunately, very little actually happens While they are very well written, the individual city tales read almost like entries in a poet s travel journal There s not really an actua [...]

    12. A city inhabiting one s inside, its streets, lanes and by lanes running in the veins and arteries, the hubbub of the city enlivening even the tiniest fraction of a being The city living, breathing, growing and leaving an impression in the very essence, even if it is never visited in one s lifetime And then a multitude of such cities, standing under the auspices of their heritage, a witness to the chronicles of their golden times, cities with their halos an invisible but inescapable allure Cities [...]

    13. Italo Calvino is a veritable drug Don t let anyone tell you otherwise, and don t trust them if they do.Ever since the rapturous reading experience that is If on a Winter s Night a Traveler, I have been hooked on the man s words As it is with most blossoming relationships, I m a little wary of coming on too strong or getting too close too quickly and chipping away at the charming veneer of novelty in the throes of my overeager enthusiasm before we ve gotten comfortable with each other, but this i [...]

    14. In writing, pretension is the act of pulling your hamstring while lifting your pen It is that sudden, clear, and unfortunate It should also be avoidable, but anyone gifted with a grain of brilliance is tempted to extend it as far as they can, like Donne s speck of dust stretched the length of the universe, one is left wondering whether it was ludicrous or thought provoking.Calvino s Invisible Cities is a series of descriptions of mythical, impossible cities told by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan Eac [...]

    15. If on a winter s night a traveller were to set out to traverse the garden of forking paths, she could perhaps follow the moon in its flight to catch the sleepwalkers caught in a midsummer night s dream She could walk east of Eden to see midnight s children appear, only to lose themselves into a frolic of their own She could turn at a bend in the river to come upon the savage detectives figuring out the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime She could walk up to the tree of smoke and find t [...]

    16. Since my copy of if on a winter s night a traveler is on its way, I thought of equipping myself with writings of Italo Calvino In the meanwhile I laid my hands upon Invisible Cities It s one of the few books to which I have given 5 stars making it clearly evident as to how much I loved it This work of Calvino is an unadulterated imagination booksonified It can best be described as the figment of everybody s imagination I hope I can safely say for everyone that once in our lives we have imagined [...]

    17. THERE are books that you read and forget And then there are books that you read and they get etched in your mind forever Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities is one such bookage Marco Polo the magnificent Marco Polo visits the imperial palace of Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan and describes to him all the beautiful cities of the world that he has visited But can these magnificent cities really exist Are they just a figment of Mr Polo s imagination Or is he just describing Venice while stretching his cre [...]

    18. What are men to rocks and mountains Jane AustenOr should I say, What are men to cities and structures I finish Invisible Cities as my parents plan their trip to Europe As someone who loves going to new places and travelling, there is a sense of irony that I feel as I review this As a 21 year old student with neither the money nor the means to embark on a journey myself, I find myself wandering about the cities that Marco Polo describes to the great Kublai Khan Invisible Cities is a fairy tale al [...]

    19. Oh,the city, city the endless seaFun and games on top, mud and filth beneath A beauty who smiles on the surface The mistress who wouldn t let you goSo wrote one of our poets.You live in the city and slowly, the city starts living in you It takes on a life of its own in your mind Once the city gets to you, it won t let you go I speak from personal experience I spent twelve eventful years of my life in Cochin, and I carry that city with me, even here in the Middle East Italo Calvino has immortalis [...]

    20. Fui forasteira cega atrav s destas 55 cidades s vis veis com os olhos da mente S o cidades deslumbrantes e inacredit veis num mundo de fantasia que tanto me fez lembrar os cen rios labir nticos de Jorge L Borges.Os livros n o se leem todos da mesma maneira As Cidades Invis veis s o para ler de mente aberta e vazia, deixando que as imagens se apossem de n s livremente, e a nossa imagina o as consolide Por m, estas cidades, os seus habitantes, as suas pr ticas, por mais absurdas e improv veis que [...]

    21. 350 Le citta invisibili Invisible Cities, Italo CalvinoInvisible Cities Italian Le citt invisibili is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino It was published in Italy in 1972 by Giulio Einaudi Editore The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo The book is framed as a conversation between the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo T [...]

    22. After sunset, on the terraces of the palace, Marco Polo expounded to the sovereign the results of his missions As a rule the Great Khan concluded his day savoring these tales with half closed eyes until his first yawn was the signal for the suite of pages to light the flames that guided the monarch to the Pavilion of August Slumber.But this time Kublai seemed unwilling to give in to the weariness Tell me another city he insisted With Marco Polo cast in the role of Scheherezade and Kublai Khan as [...]

    23. I live in a city It s not small, neither big but it s always happening It s sheltered with huge green trees and the city looks like an emerald When seasons change, the city changes its colors It then resembles to red rubies or molten gold I wish it d be lapis lazuli once in a year My city is strange in a way It s a city I ve always dreamt of since childhood when I just knew it by name Accidentally I stumbled into it and never left But I feel it hypnotized me, pulled me towards it and never allow [...]

    24. Cities and EyesThere is a world that lies atop a mound of green, where the treetops are tinged with rust and people fly by on bicycles and shoes with wheels The saunterers wander off the criss crossed madness of paths and cut up and down hills, across grassy plains, diving into the forested fringes We are on Mount Royal, the fabled dead volcano visited by schoolchildren on geography trips and tourists searching for a grander view of the city below The air is crisp up here Each inch of space is p [...]

    25. I think this short fiction is quite beautifully drawn, a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn that consists mostly of one enormous travelogue consisting of cities, their differences, and eventually, only their consistencies and made made up features.There s nothing much to it except cities and brief descriptions of each, from ancient all the way to modern cities and even cities magical and purely imaginary On a few occasions, there s a philosophical discussion about what is perceived in [...]

    26. All the spaces we inhabit are in some way our dreams All the spaces we pass through are composed by our subjective perceptions for us as much as they are composed of the objective material that works on those perceptions All spaces hold and reflect something of ourselves, our histories I sit in my carefully arranged room composing this piece on Italo Calvino s Invisible Cities I am seated in a comfortable chair, it is arranged below a window that lets in copious light in the mornings and afterno [...]

    27. Hidden Cities 6You once asked me to describe Venice, and I told you that, every time I described a city, I was saying something about Venice That was only partly true In a way, I told you everything I knew about Venice, and nothing.The truth is that when we first met, I barely knew Venice, its buildings, its canals, its gardens, its squares, its people Does that surprise you It shouldn t Let me explain why Do you know how old I was when I first left Venice with my father and uncle Six I returned [...]

    28. You What is Invisible Cities P A short Borgesian novel by Italo Calvino in which the traveller Marco Polo describes a series of mostly fantastical cities for the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan.You What s it all about P I just told you.You No, you gave me a synopsis What s it really about What was this Calvino guy trying to say P Ah, shit.You You don t know P I m not sure It s hard to explain Marcel Proust once wrote, the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in havi [...]

    29. Given the subject matter um, descriptions of cities I wasn t expecting this book to affect me on such a personal, visceral level But during the final city description and again in Marco Polo s closing dialogue with Kublai Khan, I got serious chills And to put that in perspective, I was finishing it outside 90 degrees George Bush Intercontinental Houston, or whatever the hell that airport s called Now this effect may have been compounded by the fact that I was also listening to the Conan the Barb [...]

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