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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But this seems to be the opposite of what Calvino is doing here, to dazzling effect.

And he has been there even before universe came into existence. More than just that, however, is what permeates through all of these stories.


View all 34 comments. Qfwfq also narrates some stories in Calvino’s t zero. I have a feeling I will be re-reading these stories for many years to come.

I read four stories on first day, and by the time I finished fourth, I did not have stamina to read a single word more. Compared to the uncertainties of earth and air, lagoons and seas and oceans represented a future with security. I have no way of even picturing how vast the universe is; the speed of light—, miles per second—still takes some million years to travel between stars. Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He makes his characters out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures.

This is a wonderful set of short stories which comes as no surprise from the Cuban born, Italian Italo Calvino.

I think of them as bedtime stories for adults — they have the enchanted f The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino. The concept is simple: But the real cracking point is when Qfwfq starts telling about the times when the lovely lady Ph i Nko goes to bed with her lover.


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How did language begin? Jun 22, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: All eleven of these tales are good, but if I had to pick a top-three-in-no-particular-order, they would be: I must add that past and future were vague terms for me, and I couldn’t make much distinction between them: But most importantly, Calvino has presented a cosmicomichf 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.

None of these epigraphs are attributed to a source, so I have to assume that they are Calvino’s own paraphrase, but should we take them as “scientific fact”? These stories are dreamy, philosophical and funny at the same time.

And as imaginative writers go, Calvino cosmicomicche up there with the best of them.

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

They disport themselves among galaxies, experience the calivno of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydr Italo Calvino’s extraordinary imagination and intelligence combine here in an enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe.

Simi for the first paperback editionUS. Mar 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. The distortion of a full lunar sphere just beginning its ascent, an engorged orb hanging so low and heavy that she calino pass for the grandest part of the man-made horizon, is one of my favorite displays offered by my favorite celestial phenomenon: How well I know!

The Aquatic Uncle and The Spiral do deserve a special mention for being so lovely. Sure I know a few things about the speed of light, planets around other stars, and the composition of comets, but what I don’t know is so immense within the context of my view, that I become a believer of my own imagination.


Jul 30, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Marquez but more of make-believe characters that adds to the magic and uniqueness of the story. Qfwfq points out that just the process of making the first sign itself involved considerable leaps of thought. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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It is totally believable and so natural it seems real, not allegory. Now, he looked up in the sky, brought out his astronomy book and wrote a book belonging to a sci-fi sub-genre called intellectual fantasy: View all 12 comments. Calvino imbued his cast of nonhuman characters with decidedly human curiosity and incredibly human failings, which helps to ground an otherwise ethereal collection of interweaving tales in achingly relatable terms. The prediction is in regards to the origin and formation of the moon.

In addition to the bright points of nuclear fusion, I also see life on other worlds, the destruction of other planets, and the foresee When I look at space from the safety and confines of our Earth I always look at that vast illumined expanse with more wonder than knowledge.

I read William Weaver’s Italian-English translation. With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories.