Our book for April 2013 in Silver Spring is If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, his 1979 novel translated from the Italian into English by William Weaver.
The book begins with a chapter on the art and nature of reading, and is subsequently divided into twenty-two passages. The odd-numbered passages and the final passage are narrated in the second person. They concern events purportedly happening to the novel's reader; they are about the reader reading Italo Calvino's novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler.
This novel is not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambiance, and author. Together they form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which the readers pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another.