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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. Italo Calvino’s extraordinary imagination and intelligence combine here in an enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe.
He makes his characters out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures. They disport italoo among galaxies, experience the solidification igalo planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games d hydr Italo Calvino’s extraordinary imagination and intelligence combine here in an enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe.
They disport themselves among galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen atoms, and have a love life. During the course of these stories Calvino toys with continuous creation, the transformation of matter, and the expanding and contracting reaches of space and time.
He succeeds in relating complex scientific concepts to the ordinary reactions of common humanity. William Weaver’s excellent translation won a National Book Award Nobody knew then that there could be space.
Paperbackpages. Published October 4th by Mariner Books first published National Book Award for Translation xosmicomiche To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cosmicomicsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 08, Nilesh Kashyap rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, what is cosmicomics? I may coskicomiche it is comics of the universe; it is book of twelve short stories, with setting in all across the universe and from time even before big-bang to present day, and telling us the story of evolution of the universe.
But that is about something written on czlvino pages of this book, but not calvimo the book itself is. Where shall I begin? Maybe with the fact that, this book cannot be tied down to a particular genre. This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy. Or maybe with the fact that, there are no humans in this book. But collecting from the stories, he is some kind of anthropomorphized shape-shifter. He is dinosaur iitalo one story and mollusc in another.
And he has been there even before universe came into existence. What kind of name is that? Have you started realising the strangeness of this book!
First story, ‘The Distance of the Moon’ starts like this: At one time, according to Sir George H. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth.
Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: How well I know! We had her on top of us all the time, that enormous Moon: And in the next page: 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. Climb up on the Moon? Of course we did. All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up.
Climbed up on the moon like this- Easy peasy, eh? What, you got a question? Now, jtalo will ask me calvvino in the world we went up on the Moon for; I’ll explain it to you. We went to collect the Cosmidomiche simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned. But, a big but, these are the things that surround the story, at the center of this is a love triangle.
Yes a love triangle and this story has very sad and heart-breaking end. Cosmicomcihe ending, that will not make you cry but make you think, what loving and being loved is about! Calvino packs a good amount of humour in each story, and many underlying themes, one story is about a person who is too self-conscious and many stories have characters who are laggards, who refuse to accept the change that occurs in the universe.
Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. You will be surprised, that is all Iitalo can say.
With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories. I read four stories on first day, and by the time I finished fourth, I did not have stamina to read a single word more. I was drained, I was puzzled. I sat wondering, what was that Si just read! Well, thinking and reality are two different things, cakvino it happened I was again wrong.
I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun. What I’m trying to say is that these stories took a little time to sink in, and can be enjoyed most if read slowly with wide gap between reading of two stories.
It will make a lot more sense when I 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.
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View all cosmucomiche comments. Each story takes a scientific “fact” though sometimes a falsehood by today’s understandingand builds an imaginative story around it.
An always cosmicomicue being called Qfwfq narrates all of the stories save two, each of which is a memory of an event in the history of the universe. Qfwfq also narrates some stories in Calvino’s t zero. View all 3 comments. Nov 26, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
The stories he wrote were direct attempts to assimilate new thinking in cosmology in recognisably human – and comic – dimensions.
Calvino prefaces his stories with a fact or hypothesis about the universe, then he moves on to get inside these vast abstractions, with his trademark qualities that 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.
Calvino prefaces his stories with a fact or hypothesis about the universe, then he moves on to get inside these vast abstractions, with his trademark qualities that give them a recognisable voice, which twists around the reader with a nimble and often humorous plot. Through his frequent fumbling narrator – the unpronounceable Qfwfq, Calvino makes the argument that there is no corner of the cosmos that cannot be enlightened by human imagination.
And as imaginative writers go, Calvino was up there with the best of them. Trying to describe such a diverse and entertaining mix, in which he wrestles with chaos and order, the profound and the absurd, is enough to send ones head spinning full of stars.
Who else could have come up with idea of scooping milk from the moon, and grumbling even before the Big Bang! Calvino simply had no boundaries, he could go off in all directions, crossing the literary frontier into uncharted places to show anything is possible, if one simply opens the flood gates of the mind.
How does one simply lump Calvino into a single category? 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.
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! View all 6 comments. Jun 22, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This one pretty much floored me. The scope and the way this was written kinda blew my mind. What do I mean? Well, it’s one hell of an accomplished SF It’s a love story with a very complicated relationship of an alien with another alien, it’s a love story with time, physics, genetics, and all sorts of real math.
I will admit that a very great deal of my enjoyment of this novel stems from the fact th This one pretty much floored me. I will admit that a very great deal of my enjoyment of this novel stems from the fact that I’m conversant with real science in a big way and this book incorporates it all very heavily in the narrative. The book is kinda like this: It’s really that good and that odd. And while the science bits and how it’s written is very heavy in a way, I don’t think it overwhelms the actual stories at all.
It’s unusual and it’s very smart, but I wouldn’t let that deter you from reading it. Indeed, I think everyone should read this and have it be a solid staple of the mind. My only complaint might be a bit idiotic.