Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

ISTD 2021. 
A re-design of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation between the elderly and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo.



This new concertina version of the book is a visual interpretation of Kublai Khan’s empire’s decline in the form of Marco Polo’s travel journal, including his thoughts and reflections about his journey across the invisible cities.

The illegible texts portrays the difficulty Kublai Khan encounters when trying to read and understand his empire, and the reason for it to crumble to pieces. Each city crumbles and rebuilds, making them all connected, as they are all, essentially, a portrayal of Venice.

This version of the book aims at targetting those who are intrigued and want an insight into Marco Polo’s journey.

It is a large format book, 270x406mm



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