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. In Italo Calvino’s collection of linked stories Cosmicomics, the First published in in Italian, Le Cosmicomiche was translated to English in. Results 1 – 30 of 79 Le cosmicomiche by Italo Calvino and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at

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I struggle to even conceive of this and all the while I envy the certainty calviho preachers, religious fundamentalists or any person with a disposition for staunch certainty. Mar 01, Daniel Villines rated it really liked it.

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The optical illusion that makes a low moon loom gigantically renders a familiar sight unusual, and stealing a few glances of it during my daily trek lent a tangibility to Calvino’s story I wasn’t expecting but didn’t really surprise me. Sep 27, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: The prose read so fluidly, yet so playfully idiosyncratic, I almost forgot that it wasn’t written in English.

Sometime in your life you’ve heard the advice: The stories he wrote were direct attempts to assimilate new thinking in cosmology in recognisably human – and comic – dimensions. Each story is given a striking humanity, achieving that goal of every fiction writer: Nov 26, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: By applying human characteristic to even the most absurd of things—subatomic particles and the original point of matter from which the big bang sprung—he exposes it this “humanizing” for the absurdity it is.


Italo Calvino: Tutte le cosmicomiche (Cosmicomics) – Mikko reads

Twelve dazzling stories from Calvino, where his ambition here was to create a ludic fiction that could reflect complex advances in science without losing his playful nature and sense of magic and lightness. None of these epigraphs are attributed to a source, so I have to assume that they are Calvino’s own paraphrase, but should we take them as “scientific fact”?

The original Cosmicomics are available in English, and those are a wonderful compilation of absurd science fiction stories. This, especially, made the stories entertaining and universal. The names of the characters, especially Qfwfq are particularly interesting.

Even in the mundane, he paints delightful images that spark imagination and bring strange worlds right in front of readers’ eyes.

In general the Cosmicomics stories are fun, insightful, hilarious, tedious – some are clearly better and very, very entertaining, some are less interesting. I had its richly resonant first two stories running through my head while driving home from work that evening.

Cosmicmoiche stories always feature the ubiquitous Qwfwq, who has apparently been around since the dawn of time and actually, before that – it was apparently his doing that the time itself beganinvolved in various absurdities – like recalling his relationship with this girl when the colours first arrived, or telling about how they used to visit the moon when it was much closer than it is these days. Oct 03, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: The stories, I believe, can best be described as “scientific myths,” i.

There were three of them: Dec 10, Hanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: How does physics translate to our human experience, and how does our human experience affect our translation of physics? In Cosmicomics there is a particular sadness in each story, a loss and tragedy of understanding. My only complaint might be a bit idiotic. 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.


The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino. Ultimately, Calvino is calcino of my favorite authors because he can take nearly any premise and breath wonderful imaginative life into them.

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. Simply, the man reminds me of what a magical experience a good book is and why reading has been one of my favorite pastimes for as long as it has. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Return to Book Page. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. National Book Award for Translation Each story is prefaced with an italicized section detailing a certain scientific theory or maxim.

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This steady state theory, as it is known, has been opposed to the other hypothesis, that the universe was born at a precise moment as the result of a gigantic explosion. This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy. Shows some signs of wear, and may have cosmicomicye markings on the inside.

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