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by Italo Calvino
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Henry Martin - Author of contemporary Literary Fiction
Cosmicomics...my third Calvino. And there I was, the book freshly in my hand, thinking that I had a vague idea of what journey I was about to embark upon. I was wrong.Borges messed with my mind. Calvino ripped it apart, fucked with it, and gave it back to me. So now, the final page turned and the co...
meganbaxter rated it 7 years ago
I'm trying to find just the right word to describe these stories. Science fables isn't quite right - there isn't a moral at the end of each one. I'm torn between science myths and science legends. I think I'm leaning towards myths, in the sense of "stories that tell how something came to be." Let's ...
Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it 8 years ago
Storytelling at its best. I rarely read anything as creative as this, I mean the book's narrator is someone (or something?) called Qfwfq, and other characters in the book include (k)yK, Kgwgk and Mrs. Ph(i)NKѲ! It's a collection of stories about the formation of the universe using scientific termi...
FriedEgg rated it 11 years ago
A unique, thematically linked set of tales chronicling some of the major zoological, geological and cosmic events that shaped life, the earth and the universe but from the perspective of fictional aspecs of consciousness that were around at the time to witness them.Calvino does not concern himself w...
Book Addled
Book Addled rated it 11 years ago
Italo Calvino, in Cosmicomics, writes a philosophical, pseudo-scientific fantasy that attempts, somewhat whimsically, to answer the kind of questions a child might pose: How did the earth begin? Where do we come from? How did language begin? The book charts the path of a character named Qfwfq who ro...
Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets rated it 13 years ago
Clever although sometimes too obtuse. The abstract "narrator living through the evolution of the universe" stories are a tad repetitive by the end, but each has a focus. A nice little collection with a few strong pieces.
PSR's Book Blog
PSR's Book Blog rated it 51 years ago
I've ranted before about the star system here on Goodreads (all the more appropriate à propos 'Cosmicomics' with its cosmological concerns). Compared to much else out there, this is a five-star read - the sheer inventiveness, the humour, the liveliness of the prose... But how else to indicate that ...
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