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They ride on a boat across the ocean, where the moon gets closest to the earth.

Topics Fiction Book of the week. It was the era when dalvino world was testing the forms it was later to assume: Even I, big and heavy as I was: This stuff closes on you! I had only to be patient, the second half always seemed to go by more quickly. Ph i Nk 0 ‘s great secret is that she never aroused any jealousy among us.

From the wastelands I moved to the inhabited localities. This is a wonderful set of short stories which comes as no surprise from the Cuban born, Italian Italo Calvino. Depending on the point from which you looked at them, the crests of the dunes seemed the outlines of reclining bodies. But every time an opportunity occurred, I postponed it, out of embarrassment; knowing the prejudices among which she had been brought up, I hadn’t yet dared tell Lll that my great-uncle was a fish.

The books reminds me that there is no boring topic only boring novelists. I read four stories on first day, and by the time I finished fourth, I did not have stamina to read a single word more. How did the earth begin? I struggle to even conceive of this and all the while I envy the certainty of preachers, religious fundamentalists or any person with a disposition for staunch certainty.

Nobody knew then that there could be space.

I ran all over the Earth, I saw again the things I had once known calvion, and I was still amazed at discovering fire was red, ice white, the sky pale blue, the earth brown, that rubies were ruby-colored, and topazes the color of topaz, and emeralds emerald. Climb cosmicommicas on the Moon?

I needed it there in front of cksmicomicas, to study, to consult, but instead it was still far away, I didn’t yet know how far, because I had made it precisely in order to know the time it would take me to see it again, and until I had found it once more, I wouldn’t know.


Not-rock,” I said, to continue that line of reasoning. Later the Sun began to become more concentrated until it was reduced almost to its present dimensions, and in this process the temperature rose and rose, to thousands of degrees, and the Sun started emitting radiations in space.

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Where space rose, Pfwfp’s galaxy, young and agile, gained ground, but on the descents, my heavier galaxy plunged ahead again.

Calvino was ahead of his time in so many ways that only now, 25 years after his death, is his work widely perceived not as marginal because it is fantasy, but as a landmark in fiction, the work of a master.

She took fright, cried, then laughed and started playing, catching shellfish and minnows as they flew, sticking some into her mouth and chewing them. Of course, we were careful not to throw them too hard, because when two hydrogen atoms are knocked together, click!


We’re a little worried about them. Has anybody seen the twins? Now, you will ask me what in the world we went up on the Moon for; I’ll explain it to you. He was never very clear on this point; that is, he told stories, as they occurred to him, and when the period came when nickel was formed and nobody talked of anything but nickel, he said: I was reminded of GEB’s recursion – our experience affecting our reality which ths affects our experience – in this lies all possibilities within the boundaries of our physics.

Down there, changes would be very few, space and provender were unlimited, the temperature would always be steady; in short, life would be maintained as it had gone on till then, in its achieved, perfect forms, without metamorphoses or additions with dubious outcome, and every individual would be able to develop his own nature, to arrive at the essence of himself and of all things.

We were there, as usual, with Father and Mother, Granny Bb’b, some uncles and aunts who were visiting, Mr. It’s all water there! What she had wanted to tell me — I had understood her! You will be surprised, that is all I can say. It’s a love story with a very complicated relationship of an alien with another alien, it’s a love story with time, physics, genetics, and all sorts of real math.

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There was nothing for us to do but fight I moved forward, bmshed off his bite by twisting my neck; I had already given him a blow of my paw that knocked him on his back, and I was on top of him. It was what you might call a narrow-minded attitude, our outlook at that time, very petty. Climbed up on the moon like this- Easy peasy, eh? They gave me a nickname: Instead, she felt nothing. One day we had wandered off to one of those damp promontories that girdle the lagoon, where the ground is made not so much of sand as of tangled roots and rotting vegetation.


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I have a feeling I will be re-reading these stories for many years to come. The Moon turned slowly around cqlvino Earth. View all 34 comments.

The optical illusion that makes a low moon loom gigantically renders a familiar sight unusual, and stealing a few glances of it during my daily trek lent a tangibility to Itali story I wasn’t expecting but didn’t really surprise me. How do you happen to be in this neighborhood?

In the noon grayness Ayl’s flying hair and the tongues of flame that rose from the craters were mingled in a wan, identical fluttering of wings. Thin as she was, she was an ounce or two short of the weight necessary for the Earth’s gravity to overcome the Moon’s attraction and bring her back: And bring still more fish into the world.

One day I waited for her in the midst of a woods of tall fems which sloped to the water. The interactions between characters are phantasmagoric, as are the characters themselves, yet I can relate to all of them.

Calvino prefaces his stories with a fact or hypothesis about the universe, then he moves on to get inside these vast abstractions, with his trademark qualities that give them a recognisable voice, which twists around the reader with a nimble and often humorous plot. All you had to do was row out to it in a boat and, when you were underneath, prop a ladder against her and scramble up.

In the end each of us associated only with a limited number of acquaintances. Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a page story. But we had long talks.