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Six Memos for the next Millennium

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Six Memos for the Millennium is a collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was about to deliver at the time of his death. Here is his legacy to us: the universal values he pinpoints become the watchwords for our appreciation of Calvino himself.

What should be cherished in literature? Calvino devotes one lecture, or memo to the reader, to each of five indispensable qualities: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity. A sixth lecture, on consistency, was never committed to paper, and we are left only to ponder the possibilities. With this book, he gives us the most eloquent defense of literature written in the twentieth century—a fitting gift for the next millennium.

About the Author

Italo Calvino (1923-1985) was born in Cuba, and grew up in San Remo, Italy.  He was a member of the partisan movement during the German occupation of northern Italy in World War II.  The novel that resulted from that experience, published in English as The Path to the Nest of Spiders, won widespread acclaim.  His other works of fiction include the Baron in the Trees, The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Cosmicomics, Difficult Loves, If on a Winter's Night a Travelor, Invisible Cities, Marcovaldo, Mr. Palomar, The Nonexistent Knight & The Cloven Viscount, t zero, Under the Jaguar Sun, and The Watcher and Other Stories. His works of nonfiction include Six Memos for the Next Millennium and The Uses of Literature, collections of literary essays, and the anthology Italian Folktales.

Table of Contents

Lightness — Quickness — Exactitude — Visibility — Multiplicity.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679742371
Author:
Calvino, Italo
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Italo, Calvino
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Style, literary
Subject:
Literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Littâerature
Subject:
Style littâeraire
Subject:
Literature -- Philosophy.
Subject:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - Italian
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19930831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.82x5.50x.39 in. .35 lbs.

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