This ';brilliant collection of essays' and travelogues by the celebrated author ofInvisible Cities';may change the way you see the world around you' (The Guardian, UK). Italo Calvino's boundless curiosity and ingenious imagination are displayed in peak form inCollection of Sand, his last collection of new works published during his lifetime. Delving into the delights of the visual worldboth in art and travelthe subjects of these 38 essays range from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens. In Calvino's words, this collection is ';a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moodsThe fascination of a collection lies just as much in what it reveals as in what it conceals of the secret urge that led to its creation' (fromCollection of Sand). Never before translated into English,Collection of Sandis an incisive and often surprising meditation on observation and knowledge, ';beautifully translated by Martin McLaughlin' (The Guardian, UK).