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Six memos for the next millennium
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The celebrated author of Cosmicomics and Invisible Cities shares his "brilliant, original approach to literature" in these late-career lectures ( San Francisco Chronicle ). At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was at work on his Charles Eliot Norton poetry lectures to be delivered the following year at Harvard University. The six planned lectures would define the qualities he most valued in writing, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Six Memos for the Next Millennium collects the five lectures he completed, forming not only a stirring defense of literature, but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself. He devotes one "memo" each to the concepts of lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity, drawing examples from his vast knowledge of myth, folklore, and works both ancient and modern. Written in the mid-1980s, these lectures have proven to be astonishingly prescient as we have entered Calvino's "next millennium". "One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature."-- Boston Globe "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
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"One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature."-Boston Globe "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 At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the qualities in writing he most valued, and which he believed would define literature in the century to come. Here, in Six Memos for the Next Millennium, are the five lectures he completed, forming not only a stirring defense of literature, but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself. He devotes one "memo" each to the concepts of lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity, drawing examples from his vast knowledge of myth, folklore, and works both ancient and modern. Readers will be astonished by the prescience of these lectures, which have only gained in relevance as Calvino's "next millennium" has dawned.
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Calvino, I. (2016). Six memos for the next millennium. [United States]: HMH Books.

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Calvino, Italo. 2016. Six Memos for the Next Millennium. [United States]: HMH Books.

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Calvino, Italo, Six Memos for the Next Millennium. [United States]: HMH Books, 2016.

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