Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/10/1997
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Invisible Cities
Timeless Venice
Another book in my classics reading exercise, amazingly enough a lot of the books I’ve read whilst doing this are from Vintage Books. Not only are the edit... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
Invisible Cities
A postmodernist classic!
Reviewing this novel is very difficult. This is the second of Calvino's books that I have read, and while I did prefer If On A Winter's Night A Traveller (... READ MORE
Sam E
Invisible Cities
A Magical Description of Somewhere
Marco Polo travelled the world, or did he? In this book he describes to Kublai Khan the fantastic cities he has visited; a city with sixty silver domes, on... READ MORE
Jane Mac


In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvellous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099429838
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 117g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm

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Invisible Cities
Poetic Philosophy
Sorry, not my cup of tea. It is a very poetical meditation on the effects of cities / environments on social relationships presented as a series of anecdot... READ MORE
Joe Franks
Invisible Cities
Having had this on a reading list for university, I approached it with the usual suspicion and reluctance, but then when I actually bought and read it i fo... READ MORE