This discussion focused on If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino. This was picked by editor of Meltemi, Eleonora Narbone. The chapter 'Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo,' (the fourth named chapter), was assigned.
Italo Calvino, as his name might suggest, was an Italian author who wrote in the second half of the 20th century. His books revolutionised the way we read and the way that we write, not only in Italy but all throughout the world. His writing also saw a great evolution, from neo-realistic novels, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (The Path to the Nest of Spiders) to fantastical-philosophical-fable ones: The Baron in the Trees, The Cloven Discount, to name a few. He eventually went through an 'intellectual depression' whose result ended in If on winter’s night... – a delight to read, and reread. Truly one of the greats, I hope you indulge in the process of reading and writing, and everything that comes in between. The less you know the better, and the playful way of thinking of writing and reading is the underlining line carrying us through in this work.
'The Art of Fiction ' Interview of Calvino from The Paris Review: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2027/the-art-of-fiction-no-130-italo-calvino
Dr. Matthew Reza on Italo Calvino's work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmNW9LGA0qc