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Book Title: De kosmikomiske historier|
The author of the book: Italo Calvino
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 697 KB
Date of issue: 2011
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Read full description of the books De kosmikomiske historier:“FUCKING MINDFUCK!”
I became aware of two facts after reading this book
-Sometime people can be way over-creative
-And sometime this over-creativity can be real pain in the... umm... let’s go with ‘rear’.
So, what is cosmicomics?
I may say it is comics of the universe; it is book of twelve short stories, with setting in all across the universe and from time even before big-bang to present day, and telling us the story of evolution of the universe.
But that is about something written on the pages of this book, but not what the book itself is.
"This book is stupendous blast of creativity."
Well, creative is a word short of describing this book.
Where shall I begin? Maybe with the fact that, this book cannot be tied down to a particular genre. Nope! I don’t think such trivial things such as, genre existed for Calvino. This book is everything ranging from magical-realism, science-fiction, and philosophy.
Or maybe with the fact that, there are no humans in this book. Yes, you got it right ‘no humans’ (and please, no aliens either).
Well, we have ‘old Qfwfq’ as our narrator of the stories. And what is ‘Qfwfq’? I don’t know and looks like Calvino also never decided what is ‘Qfwfq’. But collecting from the stories, he is some kind of anthropomorphized shape-shifter. He is dinosaur in one story and mollusc in another. And he has been there even before universe came into existence.
‘Qfwfq’! What kind of name is that? Let me tell you that ‘Qfwfq’ is the least strange name. How about: Captain Vhd Vhd, Granny Bb’b, Mr. Hnw, Uncle N’ba N’ga, little Xlthlx, Dean (k)yK! And there are many more names, that look like mathematical formula and I don’t even know how to type them.
Have you started realising the strangeness of this book! But the real deal of ‘being strange’ begins with the stories.
Each stories begins with a scientific fact followed by a story developed around that fact, narrated by our very own ‘old Qfwfq’.
First story, 'The Distance of the Moon' starts like this: At one time, according to Sir George H. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: the tides that the Moon herself causes in the Earth's waters, where the Earth slowly loses energy.
How well I know! -- old Qfwfq cried,-- the rest of you can't remember, but I can. We had her on top of us all the time, that enormous Moon: when she was full -- nights as bright as day, but with a butter-colored light -- it looked as if she were going to crush us... And in the next page:
There were nights when the Moon was full and very, very low, and the tide was so high that the Moon missed a ducking in the sea by a hair's-breadth; well, let's say a few yards anyway. Climb up on the Moon? Of course we did. 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.Climbed up on the moon like this-
Easy peasy, eh? Not so easy.
What, you got a question? Let ‘Qfwfq’ complete that for you..
Now, you will ask me what in the world we went up on the Moon for; I'll explain it to you. We went to collect the...In simple words, Calvino leaves no stone unturned.
But, a big but, these are the things that surround the story, at the center of this is a love triangle. Yes a love triangle and this story has very sad and heart-breaking end. Powerful ending, that will not make you cry but make you think, what loving and being loved is about!
Calvino packs a good amount of humour in each story, and many underlying themes, one story is about a person who is too self-conscious and many stories have characters who are laggards, who refuse to accept the change that occurs in the universe.
Now tell me, how much creativity, strangeness, humour, drama, philosophy can be packed in a 15-page story. You will be surprised, that is all I can say.
Now with so much of ‘everything’ in every story starts the problem of being pain in the... umm... rear.
With so much richness in the stories and every story being completely different, it becomes hard to absorb the stories.
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. I was drained, I was puzzled. I sat wondering, what was that I just read!
"What the fuck was that!!" (different situation but the same question)
Second day, I thought I’m ready to read any amount of story. Well, thinking and reality are two different things, so it happened I was again wrong. I somehow finished the book that day, but ended up missing all the fun.
Yeah, that is something like my reading experience of this book, that punch definitely signifies Calvino’s ‘over-creativity’.
What I'm trying to say is that these stories took a little time to sink in, and can be enjoyed most if read slowly with wide gap between reading of two stories. It will make a lot more sense when I tell you that I rated this book with 3-stars on the day I finished it, 4-stars a week later and 5-stars after penning down this review.
Pheww... That’s it!
Now that I’m done, I guess that the first two words of my review will make a lot more sense to you.
Read information about the authorItalo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).
His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic reminiscent of fairy tales (Our Ancestors, Cosmicomics), although sometimes his writing is more "realistic" and in the scenic mode of observation (Difficult Loves, for example). Some of his writing has been called postmodern, reflecting on literature and the act of reading, while some has been labeled magical realist, others fables, others simply "modern". He wrote: "My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight. I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language."
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