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!!These are the tropes you find in Italo Calvino's ''If on a winter's night a traveler'':

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!!These are the tropes you find in Italo Calvino's Calvino’s ''If on a winter's winter’s night a traveler'':


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and progressiveness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and progressiveness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform exactly to her own narrow political views and prejudices.


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and progressiveness ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The She has nothing but contempt for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to literature and her desire to read just for entertainment and escapism, but the novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, ultimately Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually the much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla.one. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't acknowledge or appreciate anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.


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* GenreSavvy: The narrator of "Around an Empty Grave." See below.
* [[HisNameIs Her Name Is]]: The protagonist of "Around an Empty Grave" [[GenreSavvy sees this coming]] with his father's death, but is unable to keep the trope from being played absolutely straight.

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* GenreSavvy: The narrator of "Around an Empty Grave." See below.
* [[HisNameIs Her Name Is]]: The protagonist of "Around an Empty Grave" [[GenreSavvy sees this coming]] coming with his father's death, but is unable to keep the trope from being played absolutely straight.


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* AlwaysFemale: the LoveInterests.
* AlwaysMale: the narrators.

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* PyrrhicVictory: Implied to be the case for the mastermind behind events (if indeed there is one). [[spoiler: Ermes Marana (apparently) manages to stage a massive scale fraud / conspiracy / undermining of the entire publishing and reading world... but it's suggested that he only did any of it in order to get Ludmilla to fall for him, which failed.]]


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria rigidly and unquestioningly adheres to her chosen dogma and doesn't see acknowledge anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.


* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. The novel suggests that for all her political awareness and disdain for Ludmilla's more apolitical approach to reading for escapism and entertainment, Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla. Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.



* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.

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* StrawmanPolitical: Ludmilla's sister Lotaria is a parody of self-righteous politically-minded students and readers who just boil down works of art and literature into their political subtexts and focus exclusively on them to the exclusion of anything else. At one point she claims that if she feeds the words of a book into a computer, she can know exactly what the book's about without ever reading it just by counting how frequently certain words appear. For all that she disdains her sister's preference to read for entertainment and escapism, the novel suggests that for all her political awareness Lotaria (and, by extension, people like her) is actually much more narrow-minded and limited than Ludmilla, since Ludmilla is open to having her mind changed and her views challenged by what she reads, whereas Lotaria doesn't see anything that doesn't conform to her own political views and prejudices.


* NotSoDifferent: While divergent in terms of genre, each of the stories involves a man narrating the chaotic events he becomes involved in as a result of meeting a woman. Which, in turn, is not a million miles off from what happens to you after meeting Ludmilla...

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* NotSoDifferent: While divergent in terms of genre, each of the stories involves a man narrating the chaotic events he becomes involved in as a result of meeting a woman.woman to whom he displays varyingly overt levels of attraction. Which, in turn, is not a million miles off from what happens to you after meeting Ludmilla...

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* TheUnseen: You never actually meet [[spoiler: the infamous Ermes Marana.]]



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* WhatTheHellHero: At one point towards the end, the author lambasts you for just drifting passively through events and bouncing from place to place instead of taking a more active role in what's going on. [[spoiler: You're also told off for getting aroused by the female revolutionary who may or may not be Lotaria who may or may not be holding you hostage by pointing out that you're already attracted to Ludmilla, you're not entitled to have it off with every female character in the book just because you're the protagonist, and you don't even ''like'' Lotaria.]]

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