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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But collecting from the stories, he is some kind of anthropomorphized shape-shifter.

Calvino imagines a strange tribe of some sort of half human, half fish type creatures that harvest the moon for the milk that it has. But is that really what they are? View all 30 comments. 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.

They have, within their understanding, this entire universe, which we lack the vocabulary and imagination to even properly represent, subsumed under a single, perfect explanation. 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. For example, “The Distance of the Moon” continues thus: These stories make the kind of sense that dreams do, in a way.

The book is kinda like this: I had begun to recognize, to isolate the signs of one of those from the others, in fact I waited for these signs I had begun to recognize, I sought them, responded to those signs I awaited with other signs I made myself, or rather it was I who aroused them, these signs from her, which I answered with other signs of my own.


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Simi first paper [a]. More than just that, however, is what permeates through all of these stories. Published October 4th by Mariner Books first published We went to collect the In a way, the stories are profoundly human in their way of touching upon love – an unexplainable phenomenon given the settings.

The universe is a scientific place and science is unyielding. He looked back and went medieval and talked about tarot cards in A Castle of Crossed Cosmicomichhe.

The caovino book follows poor Qwfwq, if read literally, he is some sort of shape shifter—across species as well as subatomic particles—as he experiences the universe at varying times from the moment of its creation, to the development of matter, to the formation of the earth.

The name “Qfwfq” is a palindrome.

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There is nothing dated about the stories and because he based each story on actual astronomical facts, everything makes sense. While the formative years of the cosmic terrain — the Earth and its lunar satellite included — are decidedly alien in their lack of familiar concepts just as our commonalities were novel then: All eleven of these tales are good, but if I had to pick a top-three-in-no-particular-order, they would be: This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy.

Where Calvino shines is in the use of language. Where there had been empty space there was now a something, a sign, a symbol that had to be reckoned with.


What I’m trying to say is that these cosmucomiche took a little time to sink in, and can be enjoyed most if read slowly with wide gap between reading of two stories. Maybe it was the character names that all sounded like they came from titles of Borges stories.

Actually the whole collection felt like Borges to me, but if Borges had decided to write his stories based on science instead of about books, history and arcane knowledge. For one, each story begins with an italicized blurb that reads like something out of xalvino science te This is a strange and creative work. I enjoyed the humor, and also just the wackiness of imagining Qfwfq and his friends and family living before the universe had expanded it was quite crowded!

Who would have thought that there could cksmicomiche be interesting stories that can be told about the sky?


Part fiction, part science, part scientific theory, and part allegoric fables. Where the distance of the moon from the ocean was just coxmicomiche ladder away.

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. Where do we come from? View all 34 comments.