Invisible Cities - Vintage Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

Fifty-five fictional cities, each described in beautiful detail - each with a woman's name...

In Invisible Cities Marco Polo conjures up cities of magical times for his host, the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan, but gradually it becomes clear that he is actually describing one city: Venice. As Gore Vidal wrote 'Of all tasks, describing the contents of a book is the most difficult and in the case of a marvellous invention like Invisible Cities, perfectly irrelevant.'

This is a captivating meditation on culture, language, time, memory and the nature of human experience.

'Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose... The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island' Jeanette Winterson

'Touches inexhaustibly on the essence of the human urge to create cities, be in cities, speak of cities' Guardian

'A subtle and beautiful meditation' Sunday Times

Book information

ISBN: 9780099429838
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 853.914
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Sales rank: 1578
Number of pages: 148
Weight: 120g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 11mm