Each one of his works create either a beautiful compendium of light and airy magical fables or tricky Borgesian fictional puzzles. I read the first collection of Cosmicomics earlier in the year and was blown away; the lucidity of his prose and the wit of his storytelling are something that very few writers can match. The book is broken up into three parts. There was definitely no coincidence that these stories were entitled Cosmi-comics. It describes the never ending chase of a broken hearted man trying to find his estranged lover but, in an almost Kierkegaardian sense, being infinitely resigned to the idea of never reaching her due to the infinite divisibility of the space he will have to cross from point A to point B to do so. During the last quarter century Italo Calvino has advanced far beyond his American and English contemporaries.
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Contents[ edit ] The Distance of the Moon, the first and probably the best known story. Calvino takes the fact that the Moon used to be much closer to the Earth, and builds a story about a love triangle among people who used to jump between the Earth and the Moon, in which lovers drift apart as the Moon recedes. At Daybreak — Life before matter condenses.
A Sign in Space — The idea that the galaxy slowly revolves becomes a story about a being who is desperate to leave behind some unique sign of his existence. This story also is a direct illustration of one of the tenets of postmodern theory — that the sign is not the thing it signifies, nor can one claim to fully or properly describe a thing or an idea with a word or other symbol. All at One Point — The fact that all matter and creation used to exist in a single point.
Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines? As the atmosphere appears, so do colors. Games Without End — A galactic game of marbles back before the universe had formed much more than particles. The Aquatic Uncle — A tale on the fact that at one stage in evolution animals left the sea and came to live on land. The story is about a family living on land that is a bit ashamed of their old uncle who still lives in the sea, refusing to come ashore like "civilized" people.
The Dinosaurs — How some dinosaurs lived after most of them had become extinct, and how it felt to be that last existing dinosaur in an age where all the current mammals feared his kind as demons. The narrator dreams of the shape of space changing, so that he may touch Ursula or fight with Fenimore. The Light Years — The unnamed narrator looking at other galaxies, and spotting one with a sign pointed right at him saying "I saw you.
Then he starts to worry. The Spiral — A story about life as a mollusc, and the nature of love and writing. All of the stories feature non-human characters which have been heavily anthropomorphized. Simi for the first paperback edition , US.
Jugendjahre und Zweiter Weltkrieg[ Bearbeiten Quelltext bearbeiten ] Calvino wurde auf Kuba geboren, wo seine Eltern zeitweilig arbeiteten,  wuchs aber seit seinem zweiten Lebensjahr in Sanremo auf als Sohn eines angesehenen Agrarwissenschaftlers und einer Botanikerin. Nach dem Waffenstillstand am 8. Wo Spinnen ihre Nester bauen , bei Einaudi erschien. Der geteilte Visconte , mit dem er sich einer neuen Gattung zuwenden sollte — der allegorisch - phantastischen Literatur. Der Ritter, den es nicht gab erschien.
Akinorn Calvijo 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it. But what the hell does that even mean? However much I enjoyed these humorous and though-provoking stories, though, reading the original 12 was enough for my tastes in one sitting. To ask other readers questions about Cosmicomicsplease sign up. Or maybe with the fact that, there are no humans in this book. Where there had been empty space there was now a something, a sign, a symbol that had to be reckoned with. In the beginning, before the Big Bang, all the matter in the universe was concentrated in a single point.