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ISBN13: 9780156226004
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The definitive edition of Calvinos cosmicomics, bringing together all of these enchanting stories—including some never before translated—in one volume for the first time

In Italo Calvinos cosmicomics, primordial beings cavort on the nearby surface of the moon, play marbles with atoms, and bear ecstatic witness to Earths first dawn. Exploring natural phenomena and the origins of the universe, these beloved tales relate complex scientific concepts to our common sensory, emotional, human world.

Now, The Complete Cosmicomics brings together all of the cosmicomic stories for the first time. Containing works previously published in Cosmicomics, t zero, and Numbers in the Dark, this single volume also includes seven previously uncollected stories, four of which have never been published in translation in the United States. This “complete and definitive collection” (Evening Standard) reconfirms the cosmicomics as a crowning literary achievement and makes them available to new generations of readers.

“Its a joy to have all the cosmicomics within one cover . . . A landmark in fiction, the work of a master.”—Ursula K. Le Guin, Guardian


The definitive edition of the cosmicomics, Italo Calvino's short stories exploring natural phenomena and the origins of the universe. The Complete Cosmicomics brings together all of these enchanting stories — including some never before translated — in one volume for the first time.

About the Author

ITALO CALVINO’s superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as “one of the world's best fabulists” (New York Times Book Review). He is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as essays, criticism, and literary anthologies. Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. At the time of his death, in Siena in 1985, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer.

Table of Contents

The distance of the moon — At daybreak — A sign in space — All at one point — Without colors — Games without end — The aquatic uncle — How much shall we bet? — The dinosaurs — The form of space — The light-years — The spiral.

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lukas, August 22, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
This collection of interconnected stories is about the evolution of the universe. I only know that because it's what it said on the back cover. I like Calvino, but admit sometimes he's a little too esoteric for me and this, along with its companion book, "t zero," is over my head. It has to do with space, dinosaurs, planets, and something named Ofwfq. Right. Both books are available in one edition called "The Complete Cosmicomics." ". . .in the darkness of the pupils, the mirrored hall of the retinas, in our true element which extends without shores, without boundaries."
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Kayla Derbyshire, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by Kayla Derbyshire)
I have to say this is one of the best collection of short stories that I've read in a very long time. The stories in this book take these incredibly complex scientific ideas about the universe and turn them into beautiful narratives that leave you wanting more each time you finish. As I was reading through it I was trying to figure out which story was my favorite, and I kept jumping back and forth between two of them (Games Without End and How Much Shall We Bet) until I finally reach "The Light Years". That story just absolutely and completely blew me away. The characters in this book, though most definitely not human, have such human characteristics that sometimes you forgot that you're reading about something distinctly non-human.

Honestly, this was just a beautiful book. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The one thing I would say? Take your time reading it. Savor each story before you move on to the next one, because they all have so much to offer. This is one of those books that I'm going to come back to again and again, because I already know that I'll get more out of it every time I read it.
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Calvino, Italo
Mariner Books
Weaver, William
Weaver, William
McLaughlin, Martin
Parks, Tim
San Diego :
Social life and customs
Manners and customs
Science Fiction - Short Stories
General Humor
Italy Social life and customs.
General Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
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Harbrace Paperbound Library
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8 x 5.31 in 0.36 lb

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