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Invisible Cities | Study Guide

Italo Calvino

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Overview

Author

Italo Calvino

Year Published

1972

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The opening and closing sections of each chapter of Invisible Cities are narrated by an anonymous third-person narrator who describes the fictional relationship and conversations between Emperor of the Yuan, or Mongol, Dynasty, Kublai Khan (1215–94), and Italian explorer Marco Polo (c. 1254–1324). In the other sections of each chapter, Polo narrates, telling Kublai about his travels.

Tense

Invisible Cities is narrated in the present and past tenses.

About the Title

The title Invisible Cities refers to the cities Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan, based on Polo's travels. Italian author Italo Calvino (1923–85) divides each chapter into different categories of cities.

Summary

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