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One of the many extraordinary works by Italian writer Italo Calvino. Framed as a conversation between Marco Polo and Kubli Khan it is a collection of short stories about fantastic cities. From a city suspended high above the earth by three mountains, to a city so sprawled it has no beginning or end each story points to a small reality of all cities. Each description is no more than a couple of pages, so it is an easy book to read and set down (perfect for a commute, or lunch break reading). I would recommend it highly to anyone.