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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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May 08, Nilesh Kashyap rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a wonderful set of short stories which comes as no surprise from the Cuban born, Italian Italo Calvino.

Who would have thought that there could still be interesting stories that can be told about the sky? In a way, the stories are profoundly human in their way of touching upon love – an unexplainable phenomenon given the settings. Science fiction short stories.

It even follows a strict three-act structure with inciting incident, dark night of the soul and denouement. The best example of that comes in the first story of this collection. Each story takes a scientific “fact” though sometimes a falsehood by today’s understandingand builds an imaginative story around it. Here he presents with deft touch whimsical, delightful observations in a style where A Brief History of Time meets Alice in Wonderland.

As his narrator Qfwfq says: Is it a spoiler to describe the first story? Now, you will ask me what in the world we went up on the Moon for; I’ll explain it to you. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Naïve physics and cosmic perspective-taking in Dante’s commedia and Calvino’s cosmicomiche

For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of a science dosmicomiche book. Recommended to Nate D by: To consider that the universe as we know it what we know of it, anyway was crafted neither by a happy, scientifically explained accident nor the whim of just but avuncular deities, but rather some ordinary guy’s selfish motives and a need to leave a cosmic “I wuz here” smear of existential proof is a perspective shift worth mulling over.


Through his frequent fumbling narrator – the unpronounceable Qfwfq, Calvino makes the argument that there is no corner calvink the cosmos that cannot be enlightened by human imagination. National Book Award for Translation Calvino imbued his cast of nonhuman characters with decidedly human curiosity and incredibly human failings, which helps to ground an otherwise ethereal collection of interweaving tales in achingly relatable terms.

This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat Even in the mundane, he paints delightful images that spark imagination and bring strange worlds right in front of readers’ eyes.

These stories make the kind of sense that dreams do, in a way.


Been there, Seen that, done that. But is that really what they are? However thin the book might be.

For example, the first story, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the following passage: This little book is a precious gem, each facet sparkling with suprise and wonder. Calvino masterfully played with real scientific facts and made them relatable by poking fun at mankind.

Sometime in your life you’ve heard the advice: The entire collection is a conjunction of fantasy, science, magical realism and realist emotions. 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. There were nights when the Moon was full and very, very low, and the tide was so high that the Moon missed a ducking in the sea by a hair’s-breadth; well, let’s say a few yards anyway.

My only complaint might be a bit idiotic.

The story is then set within that hypothesis where our narrator, Qfwfq, relates the story from the time he experienced each particular event in time. The book is kinda like this: He puts humanity in events before humans, emotions in a world without minds. 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. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with cosmicoimche, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


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.

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

View all 30 comments. Su questo tenore si potrebbe continuare ad libitum. Calvino’s tale parallels the type of world in which we now live.

I’ll let that lie. Since I don’t really have much interest in science I never really got into these stories, although they are fun to read. Coskicomiche, Qfwfq remarks nostalgically: The Cosmicomics are a set of short stories published in the sixties by Italo Calvino. We went to collect the This is a strange and creative work.

It will make a lot more sense when Cosmicomihe 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. View all 12 comments.

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 calviino cousin who felt at home only on the moon, and of the captain’s wife who was in love with the cousin, and of the narrator’s love for the captain’s wife, and all the tragic results calino the love triangle, with the moon at it center.

This would not be the first and I sincerely doubt the last time I couldn’t help but apply Calvino’s vision to a real-world occurrence. I was drained, I was puzzled. Cosmiconiche was a “Translation” award from to I read the original 12 Cosmicomics stories, but I actually have the entire collection which is the edition my library had.