Past Meetup

June Main Book Discussion, in Marigny: Italo Calvino's IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT...


Note: New time ... 12 noon!

Join us at our new location in the Marigny for a discussion of "IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER" by Italo Calvino, 1979, in translation from the Italian. (A year ago, we read and discussed Calvino's INVISIBLE CITIES.)

Faubourg Wines on St Claude Ave. is right before the Press St. railroad tracks, on the driver's side.

You may want to read some brief introduction to the work before committing to the book ... such as the Wikipedia entry.

Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book—IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER, by Italo Calvino, of course—are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. The result is a literary labyrinth of storylines that interrupt one another—an Arabian Nights of the postmodern age.

250 pages. Used copies on for a penny before shipping; $8 on Kindle. Available in many local bookstores and libraries.

For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at 504-460-9049 or at

Also invited: the Intelligent Conversation meetup group and the Bizarre Book & Film meetup group.


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