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READ ☆ Le cosmicomiche ¾ Metaphysical conceits are a thing of the past Now with moon shots interstellar probes a writer really in tune with his age has to think of scientific conceits or better yet treat mathematical formulate or theories euations from physics as if they were characters gamboling about the universe beaming burping thru the void carrying onAl objects have human feelings so we find his simple cellular creatures telling us When I was a kid the only playthings we had in the whole universe were the hydrogen atoms etc etc For science fiction devotees in any case clearly the most sophisticated item yet from that genre KirkusContentsThe Distance of the Moon 1968At Daybreak 1968A Sign in Space 1968All at One Point 1965Without Colors 1968Games without End 1968The Auatic Uncle 1968How Much Shall We Bet 1968The Dinosaurs 1968The Form of Space 1968The Light Years 1968The Spiral 196. I started this book years ago and then forgot I’d started it It’s an odd little book A bit like a series of modern day myths based around our ‘scientific’ understandings of the universe Generally the characters aren’t actually human but we are talking anthropomorphic characters all the same Sexual desire unreuited love trying to leave your mark A lent a friend Mitchell’s The Last Dinosaur Book and she mentioned that one of the stories in this is about a dinosaur I remember knowing that too It is perhaps one of the better stories in the collection It has themes I’m particularly interested in – how the ‘cultural Other’ is defined how their definition changes with time sometimes to opposites how they are mostly an object of fear even while we mock them The story of the woman on the moon is also a lovely thing I felt some of these were not as well realised as the others Falling forever in parallel lines or waiting for the galaxy to make a complete cycle But Calvino is Calvino


Metaphysical conceits are a thing of the past Now with moon shots interstellar probes a writer really in tune with his age has to think of scientific conceits or better yet treat mathematical formulate or theories euations from physics as if they were characters gamboling about the universe beaming burping thru the void carrying on the most enlightened tho not necessarily enlightening conversations 'Ahal' I said 'Why don't we play at flying galaxies' 'Galaxies' Pfwfp suddenly brightened with pleasure 'Suits me But youyou don't have ga. Le Cosmicomiche Cosmicomics Italo CalvinoCosmicomics is a collection of twelve short stories by Italo Calvino first published in Italian in 1965 and in English in 1968 Each story takes a scientific fact though sometimes a falsehood by today's understanding and builds an imaginative story around it The Distance of the Moon The first and probably the best known story Calvino takes the fact that the Moon used to be much closer to the Earth and builds a story about a love triangle among people who used to jump between the Earth and the Moon in which lovers drift apart as the Moon recedesAt Daybreak Life before matter condensesA Sign in Space The idea that the galaxy slowly revolves becomes a story about a being who is desperate to leave behind some uniue sign of his existence This story also is a direct illustration of one of the tenets of postmodern theory — that the sign is not the thing it signifies nor can one claim to fully or properly describe a thing or an idea with a word or other symbolAll at One Point The fact that all matter and creation used to exist in a single point Naturally we were all there—old fwf said—where else could we have been Nobody knew then that there could be space Or time either what use did we have for time packed in there like sardinesWithout Colors Before there was an atmosphere everything was the same shade of gray As the atmosphere appears so do colors The novelty scares off Ayl fwf's love interestGames Without End A galactic game of marbles back before the universe had formed much than particlesThe Auatic Uncle A tale on the fact that at one stage in evolution animals left the sea and came to live on land The story is about a family living on land that is a bit ashamed of their old uncle who still lives in the sea refusing to come ashore like civilized peopleHow Much Shall We Bet A story about betting on the long term evolution of mankindThe Dinosaurs How some dinosaurs lived after most of them had become extinct and how it felt to be that last existing dinosaur in an age where all the current mammals feared his kind as demonsThe Form of Space As the unnamed narrator falls through space he cannot help but notice that his trajectory is parallel to that of a beautiful woman Ursula H'x and that of lieutenant Feni who is also in love with Ursula The narrator dreams of the shape of space changing so that he may touch Ursula or fight with FeniThe Light Years The unnamed narrator looking at other galaxies and spotting one with a sign pointed right at him saying I saw you Given that there's a gulf of 100000000 light years he checks his diary to find out what he had been doing that day and finds out that it was something he wished to hide Then he starts to worryThe Spiral A story about life as a mollusc and the nature of love and writingتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هفتم ماه ژوئن سال 2003میلادیعنوان کمدی های کیهانی؛ نویسنده ایتالو کالوینو؛ برگردان موگه رازانی؛ تهران، بازتاب نگار، 1380؛ در 198ص؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ شابک 9647359152؛ موضوع داستانهای کوتاه علمی و خیال انگیز از نویسندگان ایتالیایی سده 20معنوان کمدی های کیهانی؛ نویسنده ایتالو کالوینو؛ برگردان میلاد زکریا؛ تهران، پژوهه، 1383؛ در 155ص؛ عنوانهای داستان‌ها «فاصله ماه»؛ «در سپیده‌ دم»؛ «علامتی در فضا»؛ «همه در یک نقطه»؛ «بدون رنگ»؛ «بازی‌های بی‌ پایان»؛ «دایی آبزی»؛ «چقدر شرط می‌بندی؟»؛ «دایناسورها»؛ «شکل فضا»؛ «سالیان نوری»؛ و «مارپیچ» هستند؛کمدی‌های کیهانی؛ مجموعه ی داستانهای کوتاه، نوشتهٔ «ایتالو کالوینو» هستند، که نخستین بار در سال 1965میلادی چاپ شدند؛ داستان‌های این مجموعه، خیال‌پردازی‌های مبهوت کننده‌، از حقایق علمی شناخته شده هستند، که موجودی ازلی، آنها را روایت میکند؛ داستان‌ها، یادمانهای او از رخدادهای تاریخ جهان هستی، هستند؛ این کتاب در سال 1380هجری خورشیدی، توسط سرکار خانم «موگه رازانی» به فارسی ترجمه شده، و جناب آقای «میلاد زکریا» نیز در سال 1383خورشیدی، آنرا ترجمه، و نشر پژوهه، آن را چاپ و منتشر کرده اند؛ خانم «رازانی»؛ مترجم این کتاب، یادداشتی نوشته اند، و در آن چکیده ای از زندگی «کالوینو»، و سبک نگارش ایشان را شرح داده اند؛ خانم «رازانی» در این یادداشت نوشته «در کمدی‌های کیهانی»، تخیل نیرومند، طنز پاک و ظریف، و توجه به واقعیت و تاریخ، در هم آمیخته است؛ «کالوینو» پیش از نوشتن «کمدی‌های کیهانی»، بیش‌تر علوم را، مطالعه کرده، از «انیشتین» گرفته، تا «یاکوبسن»، از «هگل» گرفته، تا «سیبرنتیک»؛ هر فصل کتاب، با قطعه‌ ای شروع می‌شود، که به نظر می‌رسد، خلاصه‌ ای خشک و آموزشی، از یک کتاب «فیزیک»، «نجوم»، یا «زمین‌ شناسی» است؛ سپس ناگهان، راوی ظاهر می‌شود، و هر یک از این خلاصه‌ ها برای ایشان، دستاویزی می‌شود، تا زندگی‌های گوناگون را تشریح کند» ؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 05101399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

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Le cosmicomicheLaxy' 'Yes I do ' Italo Calvino offers many similar exchanges his tales being extraordinary brilliant if you like them; tiresome thin if you don't variations on the whole spectrum of evolutionary transformations contractions expansions that have affected time space since whatever your version of genesis happens to be Calvino is a witty fanciful fellow who enjoys linguistic pirouettes somewhat in the manner of Nabokov but he lacks the latter's commanding personality he relies too heavily on the pathetic fallacy the illusion that extern. This is a wonderful set of short stories which comes as no surprise from the Cuban born Italian Italo Calvino I had previously read If on a Winter’s Night A Traveler and Invisible Cities both I highly recommend and enjoyed both of them immensely I once heard about the vast differences between all of Calvino’s novels; that certainly seems true each one of those books bare vague resemblances to one another; the similarities residing in minor things like short story format magical realist elements and gorgeous prose Ultimately Calvino is one of my favorite authors because he can take nearly any premise and breath wonderful imaginative life into them If nothing else I come away with such vivid and delightful images that I can’t help but think he was something of a genius; at least with that aspect of writing which I find to be the hardest Any one and their mom can write some poetically tinged block of prose and send it on its way but it takes a little something extra to create a literary world living and breathing with the perfect amount of detail it needs complete unto itself full of imaginative wonder Calvino most especially has a knack for these set pieces The best example of that comes in the first story of this collectionIs it a spoiler to describe the first story Can you spoil a short story collection Well if so you’ve been warned The entire book follows poor wfw if read literally he is some sort of shape shifter—across species as well as subatomic particles—as he experiences the universe at varying times from the moment of its creation to the development of matter to the formation of the earth Each story is prefaced with an italicized section detailing a certain scientific theory or maxim The first called The Distance from the Moon has a theory formulated by George H Darwin the famed Charles Darwin’s son The prediction is in regards to the origin and formation of the moon At the time of the writing of Cosmicomics it was believed that the moon was once very close to the earth and that it slowly drifted away from the earth in its orbit Calvino imagines a strange tribe of some sort of half human half fish type creatures that harvest the moon for the milk that it has They ride on a boat across the ocean where the moon gets closest to the earth They have to climb a ladder and jump lingering for a moment between the gravitational pulls of both surfaces until the point where the gravity of the moon overtakes the gravity of the earth and the person is pulled towards the moon Calvino’s description of the ocean from that point of view is stunning Imagine “the sea above you glistening with the boat and the others upside down hanging like a bunch of grapes from the vine” The rest of the story plays with this conceit This story may be the longest and it is his most effective It even follows a strict three act structure with inciting incident dark night of the soul and denouement I was impressed that this section which is packed full of motherLacanian ideas could also be formally compact More than just that however is what permeates through all of these stories In all of them Calvino’s imagination shines If you let it it will take you up in its wonderful world The entire collection is a conjunction of fantasy science magical realism and realist emotions One story talks of a left over dinosaur after the others went extinct Calvino tells a story about social ostracism and conflicted identity There is a story about the steady state theory of the universe the theory all but rejected now In which the character wfw chases another character Pwfwp throughout the universe He finally notices that he can see the back of his own head in front of Pwfwp Pwfwp is actually chasing wfw Until he notices that there is an infinite number of ’s chasing P’s and vice versa From ’s perspective he is chasing P but from P’s perspective P is chasing This is a prime example of Calvino’s overall intention with the work He wants to impress upon the reader the arbitrary nature of privileging perspective In an interview within a book called The Uses of Literature Essays Calvino says that “Robbe Grillet came out with a bitter attack on anthropomorphism against the writer who still humanized the landscape It is not that Robbe Grillet’s argument didn’t convince me It is just that in the course of writing I have come to take the oppostire route in stories that are a positive delirium of anthropomorphism of the impossibility of thinking about the world except in terms of human figures I multiplied his eyes and his nose in every direction until he no longer knows who he is” The point of each story is to simultaneously laugh at how ridiculous it is to compare evolution to human social interaction yet at the same time indulge because how else do we know about the world around us In Cosmicomics there is a particular sadness in each story a loss and tragedy of understanding Even the signs which we take to be words begins to break down as the meanings of words proliferate and destabilize I realized that with what seemed a casual jumple of words I had hit on an infinite reserve of new combinations among the signs which compact opaue uniform reality would use to disguise its monotony and I realized that perhaps the race toward the future the race I had been the first to foresee and desire tended only—through time and space—toward a crumbling into alternatives like this until it would dissolve in a geometry of invisible triangles and ricochets like the course of a football among the white lines of a field as I tried to imagine them drawn at the bottom of the luminous vortex of the planetary systems deciphering the numbers marked on the chests and backs of the players at night unrecognizable in the distance He takes anthropocentrism to its logical extreme By applying human characteristic to even the most absurd of things—subatomic particles and the original point of matter from which the big bang sprung—he exposes it this humanizing for the absurdity it is While reading all these stories I couldn’t stop thinking about the sheer incomprehensibility of the universe From its most minute particles to its cosmic grandiosity we are stuck amid an ocean of unknowability; the basis for our existence only to be reified in arbitrary metaphors—even string theorists will tell you that “strings” are just the best metaphor they came conjure—and we are stuck in this self privileged perspective by which we interact with the universe I think about the incredibly miniature the infinite regress of sub atomic matter and the indomitable vastness of a star not even ours ours isn’t even that large and my head begins to spin In every story Calvino harps on this inability for any of us to really understand the incredible nature of the universe I have no way of even picturing how vast the universe is; the speed of light—186000 miles per second—still takes some 100 million years to travel between stars If an atom were extrapolated to the size of a solar system a string would be the size of a tree on earth 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 They have within their understanding this entire universe which we lack the vocabulary and imagination to even properly represent subsumed under a single perfect explanation It causes them not a single shred of doubt or uncertainty; it is completely beyond me My only solace is indulging in what I love reading writing learning and most especially literature like this beautiful book I am overcome with gratitude and astonishment for having a brain and consciousness capable of appreciating this ever confounding reality we call home and Calvino for making it so damn wonderful and fun