Italo Calvino Essays
Decay in Invisible Cities
Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities seems simple in its narrative construction, built on the use of short sections comprised of concise chapters that may better be understood as the tales the explorer Marco Polo tells the emperor Kublai Khan....
Boundaries of Style: Author, Writer, Reader, and Narrator
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
So here you are now, ready to attack the first lines of the first page. You prepare to recognize the unmistakable tone of the author. No. You don’t recognize it at all. But now that you think about it, who ever said this author had an unmistakable...
Under the Jaguar Sun: Three Themes, One Cohesive Whole
Under the Jaguar Sun
Italo Calvino’s Under the Jaguar Sun is based almost entirely on a foundation of three essential themes, all of which relate in some way to the sensation of taste. While Calvino creates many antitheses, the dissonances actually turn into wonderful...