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Italo Calvino

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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

— Italo Calvino

#classic #finished #never #say #saying

What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.

— Italo Calvino

#reading #love

Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.

— Italo Calvino


Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?

— Italo Calvino


Falsehood is never in words; it is in things.

— Italo Calvino

#honesty #truth #honesty

Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.

— Italo Calvino

#philosophy-of-life #reading #life

…we can not love or think except in fragments of time each of which goes along its own trajectory and immediately disappears.

— Italo Calvino


Nobody these days holds the written word in such high esteem as police states do.

— Italo Calvino

#literature #irony

You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.

— Italo Calvino


...eyes that, like those of children, look at an eternal present without forgiveness.

— Italo Calvino

#eternity #eyes #forgiveness #forgiveness

About Italo Calvino

Did you know about Italo Calvino?

Viewing civilian life as a continuation of the partisan struggle he confirmed his membership of the Italian Communist Party. In 1947 he graduated with a Master's thesis on Joseph Conrad wrote short stories in his spare time and landed a job in the publicity department at the Einaudi publishing house run by Giulio Einaudi. Austere anti-Fascist freethinkers Eva and Mario refused to give their sons any religious education.

Italo Calvino (Italian: [ˈiːtalo kalˈviːno]; 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. Lionised in Britain and the United States he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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