Visible Cities – Lockdown to liberation, stress to sustainability: Aotearoa fiction inspired by Italo Calvino

Marco Sonzogni, Sydney J Shep & Daniel K Brown (eds)


Eleven emerging Aotearoa authors under 30 pay tribute to Italo Calvino’s work.

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About the book

The celebrated Italian writer Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities explores the intersection of reality and imagination through 11 startling themes, from ‘Cities and Desire’ to ‘Trading Cities’ to ‘Cities and the Dead’. A hundred years after his birth, 11 emerging writers from Aotearoa have each taken a city from their own country and written a short story that pays tribute to Calvino’s work while addressing the themes that besiege cities in the twenty-first century.

Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor – Kirikiriroa Hamilton
Russell Boey – Ōtautahi Christchurch
Dinithi Nelum Bowatte – Te Papaioea Palmerston North
Jack Remiel Cottrell – Ōtepoti Dunedin
Erin Donohue – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Madison Hamill – Ōtepoti Dunedin
Melanie Kwang – Ōtautahi Christchurch
Marlon Moala-Knox – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Nkhaya Paulsen-More – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
William Pigott – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Elsie Uini – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

About the author

Marco Sonzogni (translation studies), Sydney J Shep (book history) and Daniel K Brown (design studio) lead an international and interdisciplinary project in evolutionary translation at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Their research features work by giants of world literature such as James Joyce,
W H Auden, Truman Capote and Seamus Heaney as well as Italo Calvino.


Dimensions: 128 x 198mm
Number of pages: 162
Binding: soft cover