Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities is a remarkable novel written by the Italian author Italo Calvino in 1972. Inspired by the travel writings of Marco Polo, it consists of a series of brief prose poems, each describing a single city.

While T. and I were in Montréal visiting N. during the summer of 2004, I picked up a French-language edition of the book at a local bookseller; I chose Invisible Cities because I had read it already in English and knew that the chapters were very short. The French translation from the Italian was done in 1974 by Jean Thibaudeau, and the publisher is Éditions du Seuil.

So… as an ongoing effort to relearn what little French I once knew, I’m going to slowly translate this book into English. I expect that the translations will — initially, at least — be wooden and literal, and not just my vocabulary but even my grammar is rusty, so we’ll see how it turns out.

Feel free to offer any tips or corrections in the comments.

Part 1

[ article last updated 2005-10-23 22:43:54 by fhazel ]