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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014118969X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141189697
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Calvino will continue to glitter, this strange, lonely prospector in the universe of words, well into the next millennium and after, a master in the empire of the imagination' - Ian Thomson, Independent on Sunday 'A brilliant, original approach to literature, a key to Calvino's own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the world's greatest writing' San Francisco Chronicle 'A rather wonderful little book, full of wit and erudition' Daily Telegraph

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Italo Calvino, one of Italy's finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories. He was born in Cuba in 1923 and raised in San Remo, Italy; he fought for the Italian Resistance from 1943-45. His major works include Cosmicomics (1968), Invisible Cities (1972), and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979). He died in Siena in 1985.

Patrick Creagh won the John Florio Prize in 1972 for his translation of the Selected Poems of Giuseppe Ungaretti, and again in 1990 for Danube by Claudio Magris and Blind Argus by Gesualdo Bufalino.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
Calvino offers us a bag of jewels with these five essays on the principle qualities that will carry great writing into the next century. The lessons learned from "Lightness," "Quickness," "Exactitude," "Visibility," and "Multiplicity" can be applied in any creative situation. They add strength to my own compositional efforts, but even more, the multi-faceted richness of Calvino's prose and Creagh's translation is something to savor and rejoice in. Even in his essays, Calvino is a storyteller, and as always his characters are the moods and motives of the people at large, as well as simply people themselves. Whether this is your first or fiftieth time reading this little book, the rush of inspiration that will sweep over you is not to be stemmed. Buy it, read it, write in it, draw lines and circle your favorite words and sentences. This is a book to imprint into your mind.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By theTramp VINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2003
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It isn't often that you find a writer whose literature you enjoy and whose non-fiction writing is even more enjoyable. Calvino is one such writer for me. His Memos for the next millenium are his collection of musings on what makes great literature great and the skills that he aspired to holding as a writer, as well as those skills that he admired in other writers. For the student of literature and for would be writers everywhere this is an intelligent, witty, compelling and persuasive collection of lectures. Would be that all criticism were so balanced, informative and instructive as Calvino's.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2000
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Calvino was of the last generation before the so-called 'information revolution', and the Six Memos came at the end of his life, just at the exact moment that the effects of this revolution were beginning to be felt. In this book he sets out an agenda for the importance of specific qualities of literature in the future. As we run around in circles in a society obsessed with globalism (the Internet and all its trappings, economics, and general short-termism) this agenda takes on a great deal of importance. This is not a 'fun read' as such, but if you believe in literature, then ignore this at your peril!
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Graduating from University was brilliant, because it gave me the chance to read all the books that had piled up over the last three years. This was actually a recommendation by my personal tutor in my first year as a means of improving my essay writing. I bought a copy (they didn't have any in the library free) read the relevant section, and then hung on to it. Six Memos is based on a series of lectures written by the Italian writer Italo Calvino, intended to be delivered at Harvard University. Unfortunately, Calvino died before leaving Italy, and before he finished composing final lecture (so there are, in fact, only five `memos'). The lectures focus on values which Calvino felt would be crucial for literature to survive, and thrive, in the 21st century. As such, the book provides valuable insights, and useful food for thought, for anyone who writer, be it in fiction, nonfiction, or academia. The memos are full of interesting tit bits and excerpts from other writers, many presented in their original Greek, Latin, Italian, French or Russian. Fortunately, translations are included, so you can look nice and intelligent while you skim through four of five different languages, then skip ahead to read the same passages in English. With topics including Lightness, Exactitude, and Visibility, this is an ideal text for experience writers looking to polish their craft. The book also serves as something of a road-sign, pointing to the work of some of the most experimental and skilled, if lesser-known, writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Actually reading the memos in the new Millennium is slightly disconcerting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 1998
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There are only five memos, unfortunately. Calvino died before completing the sixth. But the five we do have are treasures of insight and intellect, giving shape to qualities of literature we might have recognized, but never had a way to express. Calvino's love for writing shows in every sentence, and by the end of the book, he has given us much to love, also.
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