Italo Calvino


Italo Calvino
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Italo Calvino 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952–1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979).

Lionised in Britain and the United States, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. more »

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  • ''In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.''
    Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. repr. In The Literature Machine (1987). Charles Fourier, Theory of the Four Movements, introduction...
  • ''The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.''
    Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, delivered in Turin, Nov. 1969. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," published in The Literature Machi...
  • ''The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.''
    Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).
  • Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there.... Myth is nourished by silence as well as by ...
    Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).
  • ''What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.''
    Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/18/2015 1:42:00 PM)

    Calvino ha scritto sporadicamente anche poesie che sono rimaste inedite, come il testo che segue:

    Visitando necropoli con donne
    viene l’ora del tè: già il pomeriggio
    è andato. E s’avvicina l’ora
    di cominciare un nuovo amore
    e insieme l’ora di finirlo.
    Così passa l’età. Chissà se un segno
    lasceremo, magari senza accorgercene:
    una pietra squadrata tra le pietre
    dell’enorme piramide, o una spoglia
    d’ossa in un loculo.

    (Italo Calvino,17 Nov.1962)

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