Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is a remarkable book. Originally published in 1972 in Italian as Le città invisibili, this is an unusual piece of literary work. It reads like a series of vignettes where imaginary dialogues between Marco Polo and the all-powerful Kublai Khan are interspersed with evocative descriptions of cities that the former…

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Primo Levi: If This is a Man

It’d be impossible to read Primo Levi’s “If This is a Man” and not be affected by it. The memoir, first published in Italian in 1947*, is about Levi’s time in Auschwitz, a place from which few** survived the Holocaust to tell the world their story. If This is a Man is one of the best books I’ve…

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