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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View all 25 comments. Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. But I’m not sure that I know what I experienced, even now.

An always extant being called Qfwfq narrates all of the stories save two, each of which is a memory of calvno event in the history of the coxmicomiche. In addition to the bright points of nuclear fusion, I also see life on other worlds, the destruction of other planets, and the foreseeable time when nothing will exists at all. Then comes the bulk of each of page story, all but two of which are narrated by Qfwfq, a wizened old storyteller who has seen everything from the beginning of the cosicomiche and who tells it all in a down-home style that feels as if the audience has gathered around a campfire to hear tales of long-ago.

Cosmicomche page was last edited on 13 Novemberat The Aquatic Uncle and The Spiral do deserve a special mention for being so lovely. There was no longer any way to establish a point of reference.

Le cosmicomiche

The formation of galaxies, A colorless world, A time when there was no concept of time. My only solace is indulging in what I love: Wikiquote has quotations related to: Ultimately, Calvino is one of my favorite authors because he can take nearly any premise and breath cossmicomiche imaginative life into them. Use dmy dates from July Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Italian-language text.


And if I ask myself do I believe these things to be true, I would say yes, I believe. Sep 08, Madeleine rated it it was amazing Shelves: For example, the first story, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the follo The concept is simple: View all cosmixomiche comments.

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

He succeeds in relating complex scientific concepts to the ordinary reactions of common humanity. Calvino’s tale parallels the type of world in which we now live. Nov 26, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: And there I was, the book freshly in my hand, thinking that I had a vague idea of what journey I was about to embark upon. Perhaps his point was to loosen the tie of dogmatic scientism. But that’s not a small thing!

Aug 30, Christopher rated it really liked it. I’m finding that I may not really be conveying just how enjoyable these semi-abstract stories — personal interactions playing out on a cosmic scale — really are. Well, thinking and reality are two different things, so it happened I was again wrong.

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

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.

It will make a lot more sense when I tell you that I rated this book with 3-stars on the day I finished it, 4-stars a week later and 5-stars after penning down this review.

Literary uses of scientific knowledge [End Page 25] can also achieve a similar effect, inviting us to experience realities that destabilize anthropocentric assumptions because of how they tend to resist human perception.

Or are they something else? The stories, I believe, can best be described as “scientific myths,” i. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Cosmicomics there is a particular sadness in each story, a loss and tragedy of understanding. Italo Calvino’s extraordinary imagination and intelligence combine here in an enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe.


Where do we come from? Qfwfq then goes on to tell a story of a group of people that would take a ladder up to the moon to harvest its cheese, and of his mute cousin who felt at home only on the moon, and cosmicomichhe the captain’s wife who was in love with the cousin, and of the narrator’s love for the captain’s wife, and cosmicomiiche the tragic results of the love triangle, with the moon at it center.

This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy.


Take the blurb that heads “Games without End” for example: Calvino packs a good amount of humour in each story, and many underlying themes, one story is about a person who is too self-conscious and many stories have characters who are laggards, who refuse to accept the change that occurs in the universe. For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of a science te This is a strange and creative work. I read this after “The Path to the Nest of Spiders” hoping that this one wd have more formal language play.

Compared to the uncertainties of earth and air, lagoons and seas and oceans represented a future with security. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Our Ancestors The Complete Cosmicomics. Simi first paper [a].

Storytelling at its best.