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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

And there I was, the book freshly in my hand, itall that I had a vague idea of what journey I was about to embark upon. I think of them as bedtime stories for adults — they have the enchanted feel of a bedtime fairy tales, but not really the story structure, nor necessarily the happy endings.

La distanza della luna. But, a big but, these are the things that surround the story, at the center of this is a love triangle.

tialo This little book is a precious gem, each facet sparkling with suprise and wonder. Collana Nuovi Coralli n. The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino. The close proximity of the moon and earth reminded me of the local legend told to us by our teachers here in the Philippines: Perhaps simply to point out that even hard science requires a narrative to have significant explanatory power.

There had never been things to play with before. Given that there is only one bed, and that there is only one point in space, she actually goes to bed with all of them, so to speak. A bright fine copy in very good dustjacket with two tiny tears to upper edge of rear panel, slightly darkened spine panel and two letters of the title partially erased on front panel. This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy.


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First story, ‘The Distance of the Moon’ starts like this: What, you got a question? Le Cosmicomiche Calvino, Italo: Borges messed with my mind.

If you let it, it will take you up in its wonderful world. A touch of foxing to top edge else a fine copy in fine dustjacket with very mild toning to spine panel. It’s really that good and that odd. I was drained, I was puzzled.

But what the hell does that even mean? How appropriate, to give this b Cosmicomics is just what it says it is, a series of short comedies about the cosmos. So now, the final page turned and the cover slammed shut, here I am, contemplating what was it that I just finished reading. There were three of them: With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories.

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View all 7 comments. Cosmicomics has an interesting structure where each story is prefaced with a scientific hypothesis. 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.

Reading these stories by Calvino I couldn’t help but dl of Borges constantly. Although this wasn’t the ‘Complete Cosmicomics’ which features more stories plucked from other Calvino booksthese original 12 tales were more than enough to enter Calvino’s Universe and come out the other side with sheer delight.

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.

Where the distance of iralo moon from the ocean was just a ladder away.


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I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun. He puts humanity in events before humans, emotions in a world without minds. Indeed, I think everyone should read this and have it be a solid staple of the mind. As his narrator Qfwfq says: And Calvino sees the limitless lyrical and beautiful possibilities of the human condition – hope, joy, sadness, loss, yearning, lust, anger, confusion, jealousy, arrogance, love, desire – all contained within our universe, which of course containes the observer.

Jan 22, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: This review or rather my gushy ramblings might convey a little about this book and more about my love for Calvino, so I highly recommend a more definite and fantastic review by Stephen M along with reading this book. Nov 17, Henry Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rilegato tela, sovracoperta cloth, dust jacket. What struck me most about this book is how actively shameful impulses have shaped and driven self-aware creatures since, quite literally, there have been self-aware beings in a position to affect their environment.

Qfwfq also narrates some stories in Calvino’s t zero. Fine copy in a fine dust jacket with some minor wear at bottom edge of front flap. Buone condizioni, copertina con bruniture. What makes Biblio different? If an atom were extrapolated to the size of a solar system, a string would be the size of a tree on earth.

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!