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5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and Beautiful: Cosmicomics is Unique, 23 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Cosmicomics (Paperback)
Nothing is ever straight forward in the literary world of Italo Calvino and Cosmicomics is no exception. This collection of surreal imaginings, each one launching off from a pithy scientific statement, anthropomorphise the raw matter of primaeval galaxies into family units, demigods of primitive matter wile away millennia playing marbles with hydrogen atoms, the moon is explored from a boat via a ladder, and a curmudgeon coelacanth seduces his nephew's fiancé. This bizarre, yet beautiful compilation of tales, are much more than pure surrealistic indulgences. They contain within them a delicate undercurrent of social comment woven into each narrative and in many propel the mind of the reader off on a journey to the beginnings of the Earth or even the Universe in a quite unique fashion. What seems to me the best thing about these stories is their wonderful way of inspiring further enquiry. I found myself consulting Darwin and Hawkings after finishing different chapters. This book is quite different from many Calvino stories but has at its core his ubiquitous playful experimentation with narrative. By the way, it is also very amusing.
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