Author: Italo Calvino
Released: 1979
Genre: Dark comedy

Imagine that you and a buddy decide to start reading the same book at the same time, in a race to see who'll finish first. But, along the way from the novel's opening chapter to the finale, forces beyond your control prevent you from completing the task.

Now imagine that but told through the words of the friend as he struggles with every chapter and you've got Italo Calvino's structurally unconventional and seriously addictive If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, a thriller of sorts told with comedy pushed to the forefront.

Fun Fact: Sting titled his 2009 LP If On a Winter's Night... in honor of Calvino's book.