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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During the course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time.

I sat wondering, what was that I just read! 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.

Finally, Qfwfq remarks nostalgically: We had her on top of us at that time, that enormous Moon: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

The bits of science sprinkled within the text only add to this, rather than taking away from the text. And how could we have played? View all 4 comments. All of them follow the same structure: 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.

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It causes them not a single shred of doubt or uncertainty; it is completely beyond me. Su questo tenore si potrebbe continuare ad libitum.


It is just that in the course of writing I have come to take the oppostire route in stories that are a positive delirium of anthropomorphism, of the impossibility of thinking about the world except in terms of human figures.

I am overcome with gratitude and astonishment for having a brain and consciousness capable of appreciating this ever-confounding cosmlcomiche we call home and Calvino, for making it so damn wonderful and fun.

So now, the final page turned and the cover slammed shut, here I am, contemplating what was it that I just finished reading. This is not fantasy, this is not magical realism, it is sui generis – the best term I can think of is magical science.

Each story takes a scientific “fact” though sometimes a falsehood by today’s understandingand builds an imaginative story around it. William Weaver’s excellent translation won a National Book Award Jun 23, Garima rated it it was amazing Shelves: More than just that, however, is what permeates through all of these stories.

Been there, Seen that, done that. This article is concerned with this kind of disruption and the effects it can have on readers of literary texts. Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. This little book is a cosmjcomiche gem, each facet sparkling with suprise and wonder.

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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? They disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification 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.


This is my third book by Italo Calvino and he still to disappoint me. It’s unusual and it’s very smart, but I wouldn’t let that deter you from reading it.

What do I mean? 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. What was truly amazing about this collection is that, rather than concentrating on facts as Borges didCalvino concentrated on characters and their interaction. However thin the book might be. Cosmicomics is, undoubtedly, the most creative piece of writing I have encountered in my literary explorations.

He looked back and went medieval and talked about tarot cards in A Castle of Crossed Destinies. Mar 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. Lived on the nebulae, Lived as a dinosaur, fallen in love with a tadpole.

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. His style is not easily to cosmicomicye much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Csomicomiche, Cosmicomicsalthough sometimes his writing is more “realistic” and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Lovesfor example.

Jul 01, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: He puts humanity in events before humans, emotions in a world without minds.

Sep 08, Madeleine rated it it was amazing Shelves: