I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.
—Ralph Ellison (1914–1994) American Novelist
The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.
—Italo Calvino (1923–85) Italian Novelist, Essayist, Journalist