Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stuart Dybek's six favorite books

Stuart Dybek is the author of five books of fiction, including the newly released story collections Ecstatic Cahoots and Paper Lantern, as well as two collections of poetry. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards—including the PEN/Malamud Award, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and four O. Henry Awards.

One of Dybek's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Calvino calls this one-of-a-kind masterpiece a novel. Yet its plot is simply Marco Polo describing to Kublai Khan the cities in his kingdom. The book's true setting is the border between poetry and prose. It proceeds not by plot but by theme and variation, like a piece of music, and its lyrical beauty can be experienced over and over.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Invisible Cities is among Mark Binelli's ten favorite cities in literature and Pat Conroy's six favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue