Novelists tell that piece of truth hidden at the bottom of every lie. To a psychoanalyst it is not so important whether you tell the truth or a lie because lies are as interesting, eloquent, and revealing as any claimed truth…I prefer to stay with the truths I find in writers who present themselves as the most bold-faced liars. My goal in writing ‘If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler’, a novel entirely based on fantasy, was to find in this way a truth that I would have not been able to find otherwise.

Italo Calvino
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