In honour of Italo Calvino, the godfather of magical realism
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"What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?," says Calvino in If On a Winter's Night a Traveller. And there is every ounce of truth in what he says. Today marks the Italian's 94th birthday, and his words are as relevant now as they were nearly 40 years ago. He is the father of modern magical realism as we know it. He hooked me in a few years back with Invisible Cities - a tale of 55 fictious cities told by the traveller Marco Polo. That synopsis holds a certain surrealism in itself, but Calvino always managed to bring the surreal and blend it with the real world, inviting the average reader to connect with his stories on some magical level.
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