If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Pale Fire by . Le cosmicomiche = Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino. Naïve Physics and Cosmic. Perspective-Taking in Dante’s. Commedia and Calvino’s. Cosmicomiche. ❦. Marco Caracciolo. Introduction. One of the recurrent . Caracciolo, M. (). Naïve physics and cosmic perspective-taking in Dante’s commedia and Calvino’s cosmicomiche. MLN, (1), 24–

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Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. Part fiction, part science, part cosmixomiche theory, and part allegoric fables.

Book titles OR Journal titles. Sometime in your life you’ve heard the advice: They ride on a boat across the ocean, where the moon gets closest to the earth. I had its richly resonant first two stories running through my head while driving home from work that evening. The collection contains twelve short stories, each beginning with a short statement describing a scientific theory, a dry, explanatory piece of writing that feels like it could’ve been pulled out of an introductory astronomy or biology cozmicomiche.

Le cosmicomiche : Italo Calvino :

Weaver’s translations of Calvino most excellent in terms of readability. That every time he did that the sky became high and high until it became as far and high as it appears cosmicomich. But that’s not a small thing! For example, the first cozmicomiche, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the following passage: But most importantly, Calvino has presented a poignant and humorous take on humanly nature, feelings and emotions without employing any humans in his narrative yet there are titles and conceptions which constitute a human world.


Just use your imagination and ride with Calvino in his make-believe flight. Actually the whole collection felt like Borges to me, but if Borges had decided to write his stories based on science instead of about books, history and arcane knowledge.

Where Calvino shines is in the use of language. Open Preview See a Problem? His style is not easily to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomicsalthough sometimes his writing is more “realistic” and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Lovesfor example. Some of his writing has been called postmodernreflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply “modern”.

Is it a spoiler to describe the first story? The prose read so fluidly, yet so playfully idiosyncratic, I almost forgot that it wasn’t written in English.

I must add that past and future were vague terms for me, and I couldn’t make much distinction between them: Powerful ending, that will not make you cry but make you think, what loving and being loved is about! How did the earth begin?

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

I think it would be improved, making it even more readable and brilliant The briefest of descriptions about Calvino say something like “he’s one of the world’s greatest fabulists”.

How did language begin? I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.


Jan 22, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Where there had been empty space there was now a something, a sign, a symbol that had to be reckoned with. Calvino imagines a strange tribe of some sort of half human, half fish type creatures that harvest the moon for the milk that it has.


Italo Calvino’s extraordinary imagination and intelligence combine here in an enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: The stories he wrote were direct attempts to assimilate new thinking in cosmology in recognisably human – and comic – dimensions. There was a “Translation” award from to And while the science bits and how it’s written is very heavy in a way, I don’t think it overwhelms the actual stories at all.

However, Calvino, writing back in the s could hardly have known how prophetic his words would be when related to cyber-space. If an atom were extrapolated to the size of a solar system, a string would be the size of a tree on earth.

Italo Calvino, in Cosmicomicswrites a philosophical, pseudo-scientific fantasy that attempts, somewhat whimsically, to answer the kind of questions a child might pose: Can you spoil a short story collection? Compared to the uncertainties of earth and air, callvino and seas and oceans represented a future with security.