Calvino, ‘Leggerezza’, Lezioni americane (), now in S I, ; Six Memos for the Next Millennium, trans. by Patrick Creagh (London: Vintage, ), p.

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The only content we will consider removing is spam, slanderous attacks on other members, or extremely offensive content eg. His search is to create an art as perfect as a mathematical equation or a geometry. Without unachievable ambition among its practitioners, literature cannot survive long.

Calvino is just so effortlessly wonderful. Here, Calvino is not talking about lightness as it relates to hue, but as it relates to mass. In fact, this is my favorite quote about falvino ever written.

Still, Calvino calls on the example of Borges and the Oulipo to demonstrate what is possible in a novel, eve if the pursuit of such a work might not always be advisable. Calvino spills the beans on what are the qualities he feels are most important to the literature of the cxlvino Esercizi spirituali by Ignatius of Loyola 4.

I want to leave the interpretation of this quick banter to you, because, as I myself have recently noticed, quotes and witty remarks have a sweeter taste when you taste them only with your mouth, without exposing them to the revealing scalpel of a written and thus definitive explanation.

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Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio 3. Tutte le fiabe by Charles Perrault 3. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Manfred Moser – Here is his legacy to us: Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore by Italo Calvino 4.

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History of Western Philosophy. Moorcock’s Death is No Obstacle is, so far as I’ve read, the leziooni book on writing out there. Spero che faccia comodo anche ad altri lettori.

He worries about what will happen to the originality of the visual imagination in a world supersaturated by external images. Il “Romanzo di Formazione” Postmoderno. Sign in Create an account. Come vi piace by William Shakespeare 3. In speaking of the evocative power of words and the importance of using them in the most exact way, he states: He goes all over the place, and revels in the paradox, the contradiction, or the provocative image.


Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. No one could locate the last memo.

This book contains many insightful passages on the nature of how literature shapes the world around us, and ultimately our identity. La disarmonia prestabilita by Gian Carlo Roscioni 4. According to Calvino, one of the most effective symbols of this value is the character of Guido Cavalcanti he’s an Italian poet of the XIII century, he really existed, but be aware that here Calvino’s talking about the fictional characterwhom we find in the ninth story of the sixth day in Boccaccio’s Decameron.

Ermanno Bencivenga – – In Jorge J. Reading Calvino is an experience in itself. Opere complete e altri racconti by Augusto Monterroso 3. I just had the nasty experience of writing a review of this book which Goodreads lost somewhere between the moons of Uranus and the neighborhood of Alpha Centauri.

His style is not easily to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to that of fantastical fairy tales Our Ancestors, Cosmicomicsalthough sometimes his writing is more “realistic” and in the scenic mode of observation Difficult Lovesfor example.

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Perhaps, in another reality, Calvino is exploring the infinite possibilities of literature and will one day find his way back to teach us more, like some kind of literary Messiah. And that’s how Boccaccio’s goes on: What you won’t find in this book are lessons on grammar, editorial tips, or the best way to market your book to the masses using obnoxious tactics like going on Goodreads and spamming members when you have not bothered to review more than a half dozen books or looked to amerucane if said members share any kind of interest in books of your type whatsoever.


He has the marvelous gift to create at the juxtaposition ca,vino science and art, the man who wants to combine both. View all 14 comments. Thus, the need to use exactitude to describe the visual seed of a story or book, which allows the reader to see into the mind of the writer, if but for a moment, and anchors the story in the reader’s mind.

Lightness I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies.

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Histoire de notre image by Andre Virel 0. But the idea of lightness as a positive quality was fresh for me: You won’t see leygerezza nuts and bolts of how Calvino mechanically goes about constructing his stories though he is very methodicalbut you will see a high-level treatise on Calvino’s state of mind as he writes.

I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language. He also predicts the sure raise of mass media and social mediaand had the foresight to suggest that Conciseness will be the virtue of the new millennia. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn’t find in leziono list, you can click on the tab add calvibo to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search.

I think our basic mental processes have come down to us through every period of history, ever since our Paleolithic forefathers, who were hunters and leggereza. We take abuse seriously in our book lists.