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Italo Calvino

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The universe will express itself as long as somebody will be able to say, "I read, therefore it writes.

— Italo Calvino

#reading #writing #art

the cemetery is the home of those who are not here, come in.

— Italo Calvino

#death #home #the-dead #death

Life, thought the naked man, was a hell, with rare moments recalling some ancient paradise.

— Italo Calvino


With the smell of beer I try to get the smell of death off me. And only the smell of death will get the smell of beer off you, like all the drinkers whose graves I have to dig.

— Italo Calvino

#beer #death #death

We'll make an army in the trees and bring the earth and the people on it to their senses.

— Italo Calvino

#nature #passion-unleashed #nature

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

— Italo Calvino

#time #love

although science interests me just because of its efforts to escape from anthropomorphic knowledge, I am nonetheless convinced that our imagination cannot be anything but anthropomorphic.

— Italo Calvino


Os futuros não realizados são apenas ramos do passado: ramos secos.

— Italo Calvino


...the world was trying to change its old face and show its underbelly of earth and roots.

— Italo Calvino

#warfare #change

Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.

— Italo Calvino

#cities #city #cloud #continents #differences

About Italo Calvino

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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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