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As he averred, writing is a search for lightness as a reaction to nxt weight of living. The tide moves them, waves cause them to sway — these boats are corpulent for their burden, almost pathetically.

Roland Barthes in The Pleasure of the Text reminds us to be aware of the visceral nature of words; the mix of sensuality and truth hoists writing above the smog of uninterestingness.

Come si fa a commentare un libro che tocca tali vette? Le lezioni sono e resteranno per lungo tempo attualissime.

Even the most ornate or seemingly garrulous writers Nabokov, Joyce, Pynchon are at their base rigidly coherent. Here, Calvino is not talking about lightness as it relates to hue, but as it relates to mass.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium [1988] – Italo Calvino

Calvino wanted his calvno to be deft, nimble, light, but the world around proved to be increasingly heavy and material. I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes itaol cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language. View all 4 comments. An authentic writer accomplishes this by paying unwavering attention to the world around and the world inside their head.


View all 7 comments. Although this has the potential to be a little bit too academic for some, I heartily recommend this as caviar for a hungry mind.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium : Italo Calvino :

I sei capitoli riguardano ital tratti letterari che Calvino ritiene essenziali milleniuj la facies della letteratura del Duemila: When I finished Kundera’s novel, I had the feeling of jubilant joy and freshness as if I stood beside a waterfall with patchy vor surrounding it. For contradiction is elemental for Calvino, an inevitable byproduct of an authentic, reflective engagement with the universe. When I finished reading, “If on a winter’s night a traveller” and “Invisible Tje, I was intrigued and thrilled, and had a nagging curiosity to understand the working; the underlying formula; the quest which must have lead the author to write them.

Tale messer Betto e la sua compagnia, allora, decidono un giorno di occupare il proprio tempo “dando briga” al povero Guido, che in quel momento passeggia tra i sepolcri di marmo disposti davanti alla chiesa di San Giovanni. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. In the section on “Exactitude,” Calvino goes to some extent to explain how vagueness can only be properly described, with exactitude.

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Topics Italo Calvino Nicholas Lezard’s choice. Perhaps only the liveliness and mobility of the intelligence escape this sentence – the very qualities with which this novel is written, and which belong to a world quite different from the one we live in” With ‘Quickness’ as his second lecture, he brings open the secret of a story which is its economy, the form and structure, rhythm and underlying logic.


But, time, the sure hands of which determines the best, will always treasure Calvino as an original writer, with a voice which movingly spoke for all that is wonderful in human beings, for all the ages to come and even beyond eternity. Jan 03, Farhan Khalid rated it really liked it Shelves: In the past the ability to conjure up and relay such imagery has been called divine inspiration, tapping into the collective unconscious, or even a matter of genetics.

Some of his writing has been called postmodernreflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply “modern”. Embrace quickness, but not in favour of substance.

Solo quando sono giunta alla fine ho avuto la sensazione che la Leggerezza fosse la colonna portante delle proposte calviniane.

On Photography Susan Sontag. On the Road Jack Kerouac. What you will find here is a peek behind Calvino’s magic curtain.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Hurrying slowly herein, he whets our appetites for Dante, Leopardi, Ponge, and Carlo Emilia Gadda, as well as for revisiting Calvino’s own oeuvre in all of its spindly, acrobatic glory. Poetry is a subject as precise milleinum geometry. Eliot counts in coffee spoons, Borges in forking paths.