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Italo Calvino, one of the world’s best storytellers, died on the eve of his departure for Harvard, where he was to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in Reticent by nature, he was always reluctant to talk about himself, but he welcomed the opportunity to talk about the making of literature. In the process of devising his lectures–his wife recalls that they were an “obsession” for the last year of his life–he could not avoid mention of his own work, his methods, intentions, and hopes.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium [] – Italo Calvino

This book, then, is Calvino’s legacy to us: What about writing should be cherished? Calvino, in a wonderfully simple scheme, devotes one lecture a memo for his reader to each of five indispensable literary values. First there is “lightness” leggerezzaand Calvino cites Lucretius, Ovid, Boccaccio, Cavalcanti, Leopardi, and Kundera–among others, as always–to show what he means: There must be “quickness,” a deftness in combining action Mercury with contemplation Saturn.


Next is “exactitude,” precision and clarity of language. The fourth lecture is on “visibility,” the visual imagination as an instrument for knowing the world and oneself.

Then there is a tour de force on “multiplicity,” where Calvino brilliantly describes the eccentrics of literature Elaubert, Mmeos, Musil, Perec, himself and their attempt to convey the painful but exhilarating infinitude of possibilities open to humankind.

The sixth and final lecture – worked out but unwritten – was to be called “Consistency. With this book Calvino gives us the most eloquent, least defensive “defense of literature” scripted in our century – a calvno gift for the next millennium. Esther Calvino has supervised the preparation of this book.

She is Italo Calvino’s Argentinian-born wife and sixx translator for several international organizations. These five erudite essays The Norton Lectures were Calvino’s to deliver; the day before he was to leave Italy for Cambridge, he died.

But the essays though the sixth “memo” was never written down were substantially Italo Calvino Novelist and short story writer Italo Calvino was born in Cuba on October 15,and grew up in Italy, graduating from the Calvono of Turin in He is remembered for his distinctive style of fables.

Much of his first work was political, including Il Sentiero dei Nidi di Ragno The Path of the Nest Spiders,considered one of the memoz novels of neorealism.


Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

In the s, Calvino began to explore fantasy and myth memks extensions of realism. Il Visconte Dimezzato The Cloven Knight,concerns a knight split in two in combat who continues to live on as two separates, one good and one bad, deprived of the link which made them a moral whole.

In Il Barone Rampante Baron in the Trees,a boy takes to the trees to avoid eating wix soup and lives an entire, fulfilled life without ever coming back down. Calvino was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in and died infollowing a cerebral hemorrhage.

Six Memos For The Next Millennium by Italo Calvino

At the time of his death, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer and a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Account Options Sign in.

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