Found on a foreign atlas from an unknown country; the narrator believes it to be either a river or a lake
A rival nation of Cimmeria
The language that the Cimbrians speak; after World War I, Cimbrians changed many Cimmerian texts to be in Cimbrian.
A simultaneously modern and dead language. Though a few academics study it, the Cimmerians have disappeared, and there is no native left to speak it.
An university office the reader visits to learn more about the Cimmerian language, as well as Ludmilla's romantic history.
soldier's marching on foot
A home which the writer of the novel must leave.
Experiencing intimacy through sex; Calvino puts lovemaking and reading on the same levels of physical pleasure.
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