The Complete Cosmicomics - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Complete Cosmicomics - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages
Published: 06/05/2010
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Italo Calvino's enchanting stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures, The Complete Cosmicomics is translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks and William Weaver in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Naturally, we were all there, - dld Qfwfq said, - where else could we have been? Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines?'

The Cosmicomics tell the story of the history of the universe, from the big bang, through millennia and across galaxies. It is witnessed through the eyes of 'cosmic know-it-all' Qfwfq, an exuberant, chameleon-like figure, who takes the shape of a dinosaur, a mollusc, a steamer captain and a moon milk gatherer, among others. This is the first complete edition in English of Italo Calvino's funny, whimsical and delightful stories, which blend scientific fact, flights of fancy, parody and wordplay to show the strangeness and the wonders of the world.

Italo Calvino (1923-1985), one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. Calvino was born in Cuba and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. Among his other works published in Penguin Modern Classics are Italian Folktales, Hermit in Paris, Into the War, The Path to the Spiders' Nests, Numbers in the Dark, Six Memos for the Next Millennium and Why Read the Classics?

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141189680
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 25 mm


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Calvino was ahead of his time in so many ways that only now is his work widely perceived not as marginal because it is fantasy, but as a landmark in fiction, the work of a master . . . It's a joy to have all the Cosmicomics within one cover, and a handsome cover it is ... Martin McLaughlin's introduction couldn't be better as a guide to these dazzlingly idiosyncratic tales - Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian

If you have never read Cosmicomics, you have before you the most joyful reading experience of your life - Salman Rushdie

This is classic Calvino, making you think and laugh at the same time - John Self

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“Genius”

An unpronounceable narrator - Qfwkq - at various times takes on the role of the last dinosaur, the first amphibian, the first cell, as well as other lunacies. He tells us of his experience of being present at the very... More

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“Stunning imagination”

From the moment they started mining for cheese on the moon I was hooked. And as for the origins of birds - Well!! Nothing before or since can possibly match this masterpiece.

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“Dazzlyingly original and clever!”

4.5 stars

I am a massive fan of Italo Calvino, having read both his novels and his collected non-fiction, but this was my first experience of his short stories and what an incredible body of work they are.

This... More

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