The Complete Cosmicomics [Italo Calvino, William Weaver, Tim Parks, Martin McLaughlin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “We were. Review: The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino’s brilliant, ludic stories show a writer far ahead of his time, says Ursula K Le. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. Translated from Italian by William Weaver. First published in Translation first published in Contents. The Distance of .

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To tell the tmth, my mother had been tossing and turning for several hours, saying: View all 30 comments.

Into the cosmos with Qfwfq

When you looked at her smooth skin, you felt that scales had never existed. The fish started in with one of his usual tirades: Refresh and try again. I had seen that the rarest of all was technetium, so I started betting tech-netium and whining, and hoarding: 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 Twelve dazzling stories from Calvino, where his ambition here was to create a ludic fiction that could reflect complex advances in science without losing his playful nature and sense of magic and lightness.

In this way our game never ended, and it never became boring either, because every time we found new atoms it seemed as if the game were new as well, as if we were playing it for the first time. The mles were the usual thing: We did it all for fun, obviously; because there was nothing in it for us, as far as earning went. At a spring a New One, a young female, was drinking; she was alone.

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That’ s simple enough to explain. Now, you will ask me what in the world we went up on the Moon for; I’ll explain it to you. I mean this thing that began at the horizon, this vibration which didn’t resemble those we then called sounds, or those now called the “hitting” vibrations, or any others; a kind of eruption, distant surely, and yet, at the same time, it made what was close come closer; in other words, all the darkness was suddenly dark in contrast with something else that wasn’t darkness, namely light.

So this is how we reached our present situation. She burst out laughing and ran off.


It was such a strain that when, still smiling, she said good-by and went on her way, I felt as tired as if I’d fought a battle, one of those battles we fought when we were defending ourselves with our claws and our teeth. Few literary critics could imagine discussing them seriously until the late 90s. 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”?

And, above all, it was deathly hot. This story may be the longest, and it is his most effective.

Their eyes were aquamarine blue, cherry- black, hazel and maroon. Now then, Qfwfq, how far have we got? He makes his characters out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures.

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There had never been things to play with before.

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All except me, — Qfvfq corrected, — because, for a certain period, I was also a Dinosaur: At times my cousin pressed not only his fingers but — in a carefully gauged leap — his big toe he climbed onto the Moon barefoot and this seemed to be the height of amusement for him, if we could judge by the chirping sounds that came from his throat as he went on leaping.

Views Read Edit View history. What I mean is: As I stopped to observe those possible analogies, a full minute went by before I realized that, before my eyes, I didn’t have a sandy ridge but the object of my pursuit.

All of them follow the same structure: It’s really that good and that odd. I had to recall her to reality, to the future that was awaiting her. Our friends up there must have realized what was happening; in fact, they looked up at us with frightened eyes. I was drained, I was puzzled.

Not that I ever became completely used to this idea: For example, “The Distance of the Moon” continues thus:

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