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He is dinosaur in one story and mollusc in another. I read William Weaver’s Italian-English translation. William Weaver’s excellent translation won a National Book Award Can you spoil a short story collection? Only the universe is gradually accelerating apart — what if the distant messager has accelerated beyond the reach of light before he can see this reply? Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. Lived on the nebulae, Lived as a dinosaur, fallen in love with a tadpole.
It’s really that good and that odd. The first half of my commute is a journey illuminated by the artificial lights of both commerce and my fellow impatient motorists before giving way to a monotonous stretch of interstate road, offering precious few spots of gap-toothed skyline that allow the evening sky to break through; one of these infrequent openings offered a glimpse of the clvino, swollen moon.
I can only imagine how beautiful this book must be in Italian, and I almost feel sorry for William Weaver for having to translate this by the way, I find Mr. They ride on a boat across the ocean, where the moon gets closest to the earth.
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. Simi for the first paperback editionUS. Since I don’t really have much interest in science I never really got into these stories, although they are fun to read.
At the time of the writing of Cosmicomics, it was believed that the moon was once very close to the earth and that it slowly drifted away from the earth in its orbit.
View all 3 comments. Simi first paper [a]. Although this wasn’t the ‘Complete Cosmicomics’ which features more stories plucked from other Calvino booksthese original 12 tales were more than enough to enter Calvino’s Universe and come out the other side with sheer delight. For example, the first story, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the follo The concept is simple: To consider that the universe as we know it what we know of it, anyway was crafted neither by a happy, scientifically explained accident nor the whim of just but avuncular deities, but rather some ordinary guy’s selfish motives and a need to leave a cosmic “I wuz here” smear of existential proof is a perspective shift worth mulling over.
View all 30 comments. Cosmicomics has an interesting structure where each story is prefaced with a scientific hypothesis. Calvino’s tale parallels the type of world in which we now live. The book charts the path of a character named Qfwfq who roams through emerging galaxies, romps with hydrogen atoms, and, in general, makes observations about an evolving universe. Take the blurb that heads “Games without End” for example: 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.
That every time he did that the sky became high and high until it became as far and high as it appears now.
Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. All of the stories feature non-human characters which have been heavily anthropomorphized.
We went to collect the The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino. So now, the final page turned and the cover slammed shut, here I am, contemplating what was it that I just finished reading.
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.
The relationship established between various scientific concepts, bizarre living beings and their lives thereof, presents a witty commentary on understanding of the environment and coming to terms with innumerable and inevitable changes that takes place in our lives in natural as well as unnatural or uncalled ways.
Italo Calvino: Tutte le cosmicomiche (Cosmicomics)
For example, the first story, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the following passage: View all 6 comments. The name “Qfwfq” is a palindrome. What was truly amazing about this collection is that, rather than concentrating on facts as Borges didCalvino concentrated on characters and their interaction. The Distance of the Moon where the moon and earth are still closed to each other and men can put up a ladder to climb to the moon.
Effettivamente, trovo che questo racconto sia quasi un compendio di tutte le storie precedenti; direi che in esse Calvino apriva delle porte per poi chiuderle ne La spirale.
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Mar 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. 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.
What struck me most about this book is how actively shameful impulses have shaped and driven self-aware creatures since, quite literally, there have been self-aware beings in a position to affect their environment. It causes them not a single shred of doubt or uncertainty; it is completely beyond me. View all 34 comments. 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.