If on a winter’s night a traveler

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, translated by William Weaver.

Italo Calvino If on a winter's night a traveler

This book is sublime, and the way that I read it accidentally realized its genius on another plane. I never suspected that a book entertainingly written in the second person singular would turn out to be grounded in a sense of the dual. All writers must be readers, and Calvino was a magician, uniting That and This in his conjuration. [via]