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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. 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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Time – Martin Rees: The original Cosmicomics are available cosmicomich English, and those are a wonderful compilation of absurd science fiction stories. For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of a science text book.

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Einaudi, Supercoralli It is possibly the most enjoyable story collection ever written, a book that will frequently make you laugh out loud at its mischievous mastery, capricious ingenuity and nerve. National Book Award for Translation Effettivamente, trovo che questo racconto sia quasi un cosmicomidhe di tutte le storie precedenti; direi che in esse Calvino apriva delle porte per poi chiuderle ne La spirale.

I read William Weaver’s Italian-English translation. Same ISBN as this edition but mine’s older I loved every one of them.

Le cosmicomiche

It is just that in the course of writing I have come to take the oppostire route in stories that are a positive delirium of anthropomorphism, of the impossibility of thinking about the world except in terms of human figures. An always extant 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. I have a feeling I will be re-reading these stories for many years to come. Retains the rather uncommon wraparound dustjacket band.

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Or maybe with the fact that, there are no humans in this book. Jun 09, K. And there I was, the book freshly in my hand, thinking that I had a vague idea of what journey I was about to embark upon. All of the stories feature non-human characters which have been heavily anthropomorphized.

There is ccosmicomiche dated about the stories and because he based each story on actual astronomical facts, everything makes sense. The close proximity of the moon and earth reminded me of the local legend told to us by our teachers here in the Philippines: I still maintain that this is perfection in pages. For example, the first story, “The Distance of the Moon,” begins with the following passage: To maintain a stable median density of the universe it is sufficient to create a hydrogen atom every million years for 40 cubic centimeters of expanding space.

But I’m not sure that I know what I experienced, even now. But these stories will make you think, make you feel in awe of this world, cosmicomiiche a smile on your face and before you know it, you are ready to cosmicomkche yet another day away.

The relationship established between various scientific concepts, bizarre living beings and their lives thereof, presents a witty commentary on understanding of the environment and coming to terms with innumerable and inevitable changes that takes place in our lives in natural as well as unnatural or uncalled ways.

Twelve totally enchanting tales about the evolution of the universe. I suppose absurdity is a tough art, and if a story misses a step and doesn’t really connect with the reader, there’s little hope. But that’s not a small thing!

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

This collection includes the 12 original Cosmicomics, but adds to that the another 12 stories Calvino wrote later between when the original was published and One story talks of a left-over dinosaur after the others went extinct. I have no way of even picturing how vast the universe is; the speed of light—, miles per second—still takes some million years to travel between stars.


Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. Qfwfq cosmicmoiche narrates some stories in Calvino’s t zero. Jul 30, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robert Dagg Rare Books Published: 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.

Climbed up on the moon like this- Easy peasy, eh? Have you started realising the strangeness of this book! It causes them not a single shred of doubt or uncertainty; it is completely beyond me.

View all 5 comments. We went to collect the 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.

It’s a collection of stories about the formation of the universe using scientific terminology and ideas so I guess to fully understand Calvino’s genius, some knowledge of science especially Physics, astronomy and Earth Science is a good idea.