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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Calvino masterfully played with real scientific facts and made them relatable by poking fun at mankind. View all 6 comments.

It’s a love story with a very complicated relationship of an alien with another alien, it’s a love story with time, physics, genetics, and all sorts of real math.

National Book Award for Translation Want to Read saving…. How did language begin? We had her on top of us at that time, that enormous Moon: The prose read so fluidly, yet so playfully idiosyncratic, I almost forgot that it wasn’t written in English.

In simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned. Perhaps simply to point out that even hard science requires a narrative to have calvkno explanatory power.

Storytelling at its best. Calvino prefaces his stories with a fact or hypothesis about the universe, then he moves on to get inside these vast abstractions, with his trademark qualities that give them a recognisable voice, which twists around the reader with a nimble and often humorous cosmicomihce.

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Weaver’s translations of Calvino most excellent in terms of readability. The entire collection is a conjunction of fantasy, science, magical realism and realist emotions.


Borges messed with my mind. Each story is given a striking humanity, achieving that goal of every fiction writer: The formation of galaxies, A colorless world, A time when there was no concept of time.

Any one and their mom can write some poetically-tinged block of prose and send it on its way, but it takes a little something extra to create a literary world, living and breathing with the perfect amount of detail it needs, complete unto itself, full of imaginative wonder.

How well I know! The briefest of descriptions about Calvino say something like “he’s one of the world’s greatest fabulists”. More than just that, however, is what permeates through all of these stories. View all 5 comments.


The the tides gradually pushed her far away: Cosmicomics is just what it says it is, a series of short comedies about the cosmos. To maintain a stable median density of the universe it is sufficient to create a hydrogen atom every million years for 40 cubic centimeters of expanding space.

In Cosmicomics there is a particular sadness in each story, a loss and tragedy of understanding. Refresh and try again. In fact, this is what Salman says about the book: Cosmicomics is, undoubtedly, the most creative piece of writing I have encountered in my literary explorations. But, a big but, these are the things that surround the story, at the center of this is a love triangle. My only solace is indulging in what I love: But that is about something written on the pages of this book, but not what the book itself is.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Mar 01, Stephen M rated it it was amazing Shelves: For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of a science text book.


Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Forged from a partnership between a university cosmicomicbe and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. I will admit that a very great deal of my enjoyment of this novel stems from the fact that I’m conversant with real science in a big way and this book incorporates it all very heavily in the narrative. He looked back and went medieval and talked about tarot cards in A Castle of Crossed Destinies.

Who would have thought that there could still be interesting stories that can be told about the sky? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Compared to the uncertainties of earth and air, lagoons and seas and oceans represented a future with security. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories. He loo Twelve totally enchanting tales about the evolution of the universe. The optical illusion that makes a low moon loom gigantically renders a familiar sight unusual, and stealing a few glances of it during my daily trek lent a tangibility to Calvino’s story I wasn’t expecting but didn’t really surprise me.

Even though this was my 8th Calvino, he’s like a jack-in-the-box that never gets boring, no matter how many times you open the lid! Part fiction, part science, part scientific theory, and part allegoric fables.

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