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My second try at reading Calvino and I definitely liked this one more than Invisible Cities. This, especially, made the stories entertaining and universal. For example, “The Distance of the Moon” continues thus: But what the hell does that even mean? They have, within their understanding, this entire universe, which we lack the vocabulary and imagination to even properly represent, subsumed under a single, perfect explanation.

Subscribe to this blog’s feed. The bits of science sprinkled within the text only add to this, rather than taking away from the text. His style is not easily to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. And then our narrator Qfwfq tells us he remembers that period in time, and takes us back in time on his train of thought.

I rarely read anything as creative as this, I mean the book’s narrator is someone or something? I struggle to even conceive of this and all the while I envy the certainty of preachers, religious fundamentalists or any person with a disposition for staunch certainty.

But I’m not sure that I know what I experienced, even now. Or are they something else? My only complaint might be a bit idiotic.

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

I was reminded of GEB’s recursion – our experience affecting our reality which ths affects our experience – in this lies all possibilities within the boundaries of our physics. How well I know!

Calvino simply had no boundaries, he could go off in all directions, crossing the literary frontier into uncharted places to show anything is possible, if one simply opens the flood gates of the mind. My second encounter with Calvino was just as fortuitous and spilled off the page into real life just as much as my first — so much, in fact, that I bought another one of this books almost immediately upon finishing this one because I just want to glut myself on Calvino’s unequaled prose.


The original Cosmicomics are available in English, and those are a wonderful compilation of absurd science fiction stories. There were nights when the Moon was full and very, very low, and the tide was so high that the Moon missed a ducking in the sea by a hair’s-breadth; well, let’s say a few yards anyway.

Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. View all 34 comments.

In every story, Calvino harps on this inability for any of us to really understand the incredible nature of the universe. Also there is a subtle social commentary about the nature of human beings who acknowledge world not as one but as a society governed by numerous borders and boundaries and a fine distinction is sited as to who is who according to the place they belongs to.

About this Entry This page contains a single entry by Mikko published on June 8, 7: If you enjoyed the original Cosmicomics, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t enjoy these new stories. But the others also had wronged the Z’zus, to begin with, by calling them “immigrants,” on the pretext that, since the others had been there first, the Z’zus had come later.

And how could we have played? cosmkcomiche

The entire book follows poor Qwfwq, if read literally, he is some sort of shape shifter—across species as well as subatomic particles—as he experiences the universe at varying times from the moment of its creation, to the development of matter, to the formation of the earth.

A me, personalmente, ha parlato della scoperta di se stessi, di autoaffermazione, della meraviglia da scovare nel mondo e dell’interconnessione tra tutte le cose.

How appropriate, to give this book stars! Storytelling at its best. 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 codmicomiche a believer of my own imagination.


I still maintain that this is perfection in pages.

Cosmicomics is just what it says it is, a series ld short comedies about the cosmos. Each story takes a scientific “fact” though sometimes a falsehood by today’s understandingand builds an imaginative story around it. Since I don’t really have much interest in science I never really got into these stories, although they are fun to read.


Embarrassed to find that actions he’d hoped had be Calvino at his most Borgesian, perhaps, playfully mythic yet distilling broad complex theory on art and life from simple here, astronomical concepts run to distant, unforeseen extents.

Like Milan Kundera, he also does not re-write himself. How does one simply lump Calvino into a single category? During pe course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time.

The best example of that comes in the first story of this collection. Twelve totally enchanting tales about the evolution of the universe. Science is cold, it’s unforgiving, and it will rightly destroy lives if that’s what science requires.

They ride on a boat across the ocean, where the moon gets closest to the earth. And if I ask myself do I believe these things to be true, I would say yes, I believe. Each story takes a scientific “fact” though sometimes a falsehood by today’s understandingand builds an imaginative story around it.

All eleven of these tales are good, cosmicomjche if I had to pick a top-three-in-no-particular-order, they would be: