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It was published in Italy in by Giulio Einaudi Editore. The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation invisubles the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khanwho constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast knvisibles, and Polo. The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities that are narrated by Polo, many of which can be read as parables or meditations on culturelanguagetimememorydeathor the general nature of human experience.

Short dialogues between Kublai and Polo are interspersed every five to ten cities discussing these topics.

These interludes between the two characters are no less poetically constructed than the cities, and form a framing device that plays with the natural complexity of language and stories.

In one key exchange in the middle of the book, Kublai prods Polo to tell him of the one city he has never mentioned directly— his invissibles. Invisible Cities deconstructs an archetypal example of the travel literature genre, The Travels of Marco Polowhich invsiibles the journey of the famed Venetian merchant across Asia and in Yuan Dynasty Mongol Empire China.

The original 13th-century travelogue shares with Calvino’s novel the brief, often fantastic accounts of the cities Polo claimed to have visited, along with descriptions of the city’s inhabitants, notable imports and exportsand whatever interesting tales Polo had heard about the region.

Over the nine chapters, Marco describes a ivnisibles of fifty-five cities, all women’s names. The cities are divided into eleven thematic groups of five each:. Cwlvino moves back and forth between the groups, while moving down the list, in a rigorous mathematical structure.


The table below lists the cities in order of appearance, along with the group they belong to:. In each of the invisibes chapters, there is an opening section and a closing section, narrating dialogues between the Khan and Marco.

The descriptions of the cities lie between these two sections. The matrix of eleven ivnisibles themes and fifty-five subchapters ten rows in chapters 1 and 9, five in all others shows some interesting properties.

Each column has five entries, rows only one, so there are fifty-five cities in all. The matrix of cities has a central element Baucis.

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The pattern of cities is symmetric with respect to inversion about that center. Equivalently, it is symmetric against degree rotations about Baucis. Inner chapters inclusive have diagonal cascades of five cities e. Maurila through Euphemia in chapter 2. These five-city cascades are displaced by one theme column to the right as one proceeds invislbles the next chapter.

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In order that the cascade sequence terminates the book of cities is not infinite! Calvino, in chapter 9, truncates the diagonal cascades in steps: Laudomia through Raissa is a cascade of four cities, followed by cascades of three, two, and one, necessitating ten cities in the final chapter.

The same pattern is used in reverse in chapter 1 as the diagonal cascade of cities is born. This strict adherence to a mathematical pattern is characteristic of the Oulipo literary group to which Calvino belonged.

The book was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in Invisible Cities and in particular the chapters about Isidora, Armilla, and Adelma is the basis for an opera by calvkno Christopher Cerronefirst produced by The Industry [2] in October as an experimental production at Union Station in Los Angeles. In this site-specific production directed by Yuval Sharonthe performers, including eleven musicians, eight singers, and eight dancers, were located in or moved through different parts of the train station, while the station remained open and operating as usual.


invisihles The performance could be heard by about audience members, who wore wireless headphones and were allowed to move through the station at will. Invisible Cities is also the title of a piano cycle by composer Samuel Cho, premiered in October From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.

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Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. The Industry opera company and L. Dance Project are presenting ‘Invisible Cities’ on a unique platform — Union Station train terminal — and beaming it through headphones.

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