The Greatest Mayan, Italian "Postmodern" Books of All Time

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Postmodernism is a literary movement that emerged in the mid-20th century, characterized by a rejection of traditional narrative structures and a focus on self-reflexivity and intertextuality. Postmodern literature often features fragmented narratives, unreliable narrators, and a blurring of the lines between reality and fiction. It is a genre that challenges the notion of a single, objective truth and instead embraces the idea of multiple perspectives and interpretations. Postmodern literature is often seen as a response to the modernist movement that preceded it, and it continues to be a popular and influential category for contemporary writers.

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  1. 1. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

    The novel is a postmodernist narrative that follows the adventures of the reader, who is trying to read a book called "If on a Winter's Night a Traveller." However, the reader keeps encountering obstacles that prevent him from finishing the book, including printer's errors, censorship, and interruptions from other characters. The story is interspersed with the beginnings of ten different novels, each interrupted at a moment of suspense. The book is a meditation on reading, writing, and the nature of narrative itself.

    The 272nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

    This novel follows three intellectual friends who work at a small publishing house. As a joke, they start inventing a conspiracy theory about a secret society that has been manipulating world events for centuries. However, as they delve deeper into their own fabrication, they begin to lose sight of what's real and what's not. Their lives take a dangerous turn when actual secret societies believe they hold the key to a universal secret and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

    The 747th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino

    "The Castle of Crossed Destinies" is a unique narrative where the characters, unable to speak, tell their stories through the use of tarot cards. The book is divided into two parts, each set in a different castle, and features a variety of characters, including knights, kings, and queens, who each use the cards to weave their own tales. The stories are interconnected, creating a complex web of tales that explore themes of fate, destiny, and the interconnectedness of human experiences.

    The 2471st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino

    The book is a contemplative exploration of the world through the eyes of the titular character, Mr. Palomar, who seeks to understand the complexities of existence through meticulous observation and reflection on seemingly mundane subjects. From watching waves on a beach to contemplating a cheese shop, his attempts to impose order and rationality on his experiences often lead to more philosophical inquiries and existential musings. Through these vignettes, the narrative delves into themes of human perception, the nature of knowledge, and the interplay between the observer and the observed, all conveyed with a blend of humor, irony, and poignant insight.

    The 7103rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. T Zero by Italo Calvino

    "T Zero" is a collection of complex, imaginative stories that blend scientific concepts, mathematical structures, and literary experimentation. The work challenges the boundaries of time, space, and narrative convention, weaving together a tapestry of tales that explore the nature of reality, causality, and human perception. Through a series of thought-provoking vignettes, the book delves into the paradoxes of existence, employing a playful yet profound use of language to question the very framework of storytelling and the universe it attempts to describe.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Island Of The Day Before by Umberto Eco

    In "The Island of the Day Before," a man finds himself stranded on a deserted ship in the South Pacific during the 17th century. As he struggles with his isolation and memories of his past life, he becomes obsessed with solving the problem of calculating longitude, a crucial challenge for navigators of his time. The narrative weaves intricate layers of history, science, and philosophy, exploring themes of knowledge, time, and the elusive nature of truth. The protagonist's reflections and adventures confront the limits of human understanding and the intersections of myth, science, and the power of storytelling.

    The 8435th Greatest Book of All Time

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