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Italo Calvino

Geburtstag: 15. Oktober 1923
Todesdatum: 19. September 1985

Italo Calvino war einer der bedeutendsten italienischen Schriftsteller der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Viele seiner Bücher sind heute in Italien Volksgut und Schullektüre. Wikipedia

Zitate Italo Calvino

„Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.“

—  Italo Calvino, buch Invisible Cities

Page 44.
Quelle: Invisible Cities (1972)
Kontext: With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.

„And in that moment we all thought of the space that her round arms would occupy moving backward and forward with the rolling pin over the dough, her bosom leaning over the great mound of flour and eggs, […] and we thought of the space the flour would occupy, and the wheat for the flour, and the fields to raise the wheat, and the mountains from which the water would flow to irrigate the fields; […] of the space it would take for the Sun to arrive with its rays, to ripen the wheat; of the space for the Sun to condense from the clouds of stellar gases and burn; of the quantities of stars and galaxies and galactic masses in flight through space which would be needed to hold suspended every galaxy, every nebula, every sun, every planet, and at the same time we thought of it, this space was inevitably being formed, at the same time that Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0 was uttering those words: "… ah, what noodles, boys!" the point that contained her and all of us was expanding in a halo of distance in light-years and light-centuries and billions of light-millennia, and we were being hurled to the four corners of the universe, […] and she, dissolved into I don't know what kind of energy-light-heat, she, Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0, she who in the midst of our closed, petty world had been capable of a generous impulse, "Boys, the noodles I would make for you!," a true outburst of general love, initiating at the same moment the concept of space and, properly speaking, space itself, and time, and universal gravitation, and the gravitating universe, making possible billions and billions of suns, and of planets, and fields of wheat, and Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0s, scattered through the continents of the planets, kneading with floury, oil-shiny, generous arms, and she lost at that very moment, and we, mourning her loss.“

—  Italo Calvino, buch Cosmicomics

Pages 46-47, "All at One Point".
Cosmicomics (1965)

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

—  Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

Quelle: The Uses of Literature

„What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?“

—  Italo Calvino

Quelle: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

„One reads alone, even in another's presence.“

—  Italo Calvino

Quelle: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

„The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.“

—  Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

Quelle: The Uses of Literature

„Falsehood is never in words; it is in things.“

—  Italo Calvino, buch Invisible Cities

Quelle: Invisible Cities

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