Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino
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Author:  Italo Calvino
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  148
Publisher:  Vintage
Year:  1997
ISBN:  9781784871888

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 elderly and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo. The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities that are narrated by Polo, many of which can be read as parables or meditations on culture, language, time, memory, death, or the general nature of human experience.