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Plinian themes in Italo Calvino’s ‘Cosmicomiche’, ‘Città Invisibili’ and ‘Palomar’

Lived on the nebulae, Lived as a dinosaur, fallen in love with a tadpole. In every story, Calvino harps on this inability for any of us to really understand the incredible nature of the universe.

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

I will admit that a very great deal of my enjoyment of this novel stems from the fact th This one pretty much floored me.

What was truly amazing about this collection is that, rather than concentrating on facts as Borges didCalvino concentrated on characters and their interaction. Science is cold, it’s unforgiving, and it will rightly destroy lives if that’s what science requires. 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.

Trying to describe such a diverse and entertaining mix, in which he wrestles with chaos and order, the profound and the absurd, is enough to send ones head spinning full of stars. The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino.


The scope and the way this was written kinda blew my mind.

It was strangely a related interlude, a itapo look at the laws underpinning our universe and our reality. But this seems to be the opposite of what Calvino is doing here, to dazzling effect.

This, especially, made the stories entertaining and universal. View all 34 comments. He looked back and cosmicpmiche medieval and talked about tarot cards in A Castle of Crossed Destinies. The interactions between characters are phantasmagoric, as are the characters themselves, yet I can relate to all of them.

This story may be the longest, and it is his most effective. Those jealousies, those prejudices, and most of all those proud insecurities were allowed to reach a boiling point and bubbled into the external world. We had her on top of us all the time, that enormous Moon: In simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned.

These stories are just that: Maybe it was the character names that all sounded like they came from titles of Borges stories. But that’s not a small thing! Calvino provides access to this unyielding world by creating cracks through which the human imagination can sneak in, move around, and experience science in non-scientific ways. One-upmanship takes over and soon—at least in terms of galactic years—the signs and cosmicokiche begin proliferating at a valvino escalating pace.

Reading these stories by Calvino I couldn’t help but think of Borges constantly. I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun. 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. Borges messed with my mind. I don’t read Italian, but from the English end, it seemed very well done. Is it a spoiler to describe the first story?

What do I mean?

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

Who would have thought that there could still be interesting stories that can be told about the sky? Also there is a subtle cosmciomiche 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 cxlvino to who is who according to the place they belongs to.


Retrieved 11 March Le cosmicomiche is a collection of twelve short stories by Italo Calvino first published in Italian in and in English in At one time, according to Sir George H. Or are they something else? A lot more signs are put up after that.

View all 5 comments. I read William Weaver’s Italian-English translation.

The formation of galaxies, A colorless world, A time when there was no concept of time. Same ISBN as this edition but mine’s older You will be surprised, that is all I can say.

Mar 01, Stephen M rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I look at space from the safety and confines of calvink Earth I always look at that vast illumined expanse with more wonder than knowledge. Cosmicomics is, undoubtedly, the most creative piece of writing I have encountered in my literary explorations.

I think of them as bedtime stories for adults — they have the enchanted f The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino.

But these stories will make you think, make you feel in awe of this world, put a smile on your face and before you know it, you are ready to put yet another day away.