Italo Calvino was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels.
A restless and audacious experimenter
Cloven, leafy, impossible - the fiction of Italo Calvino looms over the European literary landscape like a non-existent viscount in the trees. For the past fifty years, the versatility and daring of the author has enriched and influenced the modus operandi of modern writing. Calvino was a restless and audacious experimenter, forever attempting to merge opposing fictive forms or to extend literature into other disciplines. More than his contemporaries, he managed to reconcile form and content, tradition and innovation, cerebration and emotion, in his search for a style which "breathes philosophy and science but keeps its distance." Now his heirs continue that search.
Corinne, Switzerland - 19 June 2012
La sua immaginazione
La vita di Italo Calvino è quella di un uomo che "con la sua immaginazione e il suo lavoro" ha voluto contribuire "alla autocostruzione continua dell'universo". I live thinking of one of the most famous aphorism of his, the one that goes: "La vita di una persona consiste in un insieme di avvenimenti di cui l'ultimo potrebbe anche cambiare il senso di tutto l'insieme."
bepi, United States - 08 May 2008
Speaks beyond words
If "On a Winter's Night A Traveler" is the book for book lovers, the joy of becoming involved in the story, in holding the book, turning the pages..."Invisible Cities" is the book for architects and designers and artists, about discovery and dislocation, about distant places and the city that is home, how people speak beyond words.
Michael, New Zealand - 30 April 2008
Pure, simple, magical,
Pure, simple, magical, out of this world but still in it. Famous italian writer - and Polo said: "The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space." Taken from the book 'Invisible Cities'.
pooky, Turkey - 16 November 2007