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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Lesson Plan

Introduction to If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

If on a winter’s night a traveler was published in 1979, towards the end of Calvino’s career. The novel is well known and considered one of his greatest works. One of the features that attract people to it is its nontraditional structure. Most of the novel is told in the second person to the Reader (a character that is reading If on a winter’s night a traveler). Calvino sets the literal reader on a journey with the character, the Reader, to have a satisfying reading experience. Along the way, the Reader encounters 10 beginnings of novels. Because of this, the storyline switches between narrators, settings, and styles. For instance, in the beginning, Calvino’s narrator describes the...

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