Six Memos For The Next Millennium has ratings and reviews. Riku said : This is a series of lectures and in each of them Calvino takes it upon h. Six Memos for the Millennium is a collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was about to deliver at the time of his death. Here is his legacy to us: the universal. ‘Calvino will continue to glitter, this strange, lonely prospector in the universe of words, well into the next millennium and after, a master in the empire of the.

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Italo Calvino, one of the world’s best storytellers, died on the eve of his departure for Harvard, where he was calvimo deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in Reticent by nature, he was always reluctant to talk about himself, but he welcomed the opportunity to talk about the memow of literature.

In the process of devising his lectures–his wife recalls that they were an “obsession” for the last year of his life–he could not avoid mention of his own work, his methods, intentions, and hopes.

Six Memos For The Next Millennium by Italo Calvino

This book, then, is Calvino’s legacy to us: What about writing should be cherished? Calvino, in a wonderfully simple scheme, devotes one lecture a memo for his reader to each of five indispensable literary values.


First there is “lightness” leggerezzaand Calvino cites Lucretius, Ovid, Boccaccio, Cavalcanti, Leopardi, and Kundera–among others, as always–to show what he means: There must be “quickness,” a deftness in combining action Mercury with contemplation Saturn.

Mllennium is “exactitude,” precision and clarity of language. The fourth lecture is on “visibility,” the visual imagination as an instrument for knowing the world and oneself. Then there is a tour de force on “multiplicity,” where Calvino brilliantly describes the eccentrics of literature Elaubert, Gadda, Musil, Perec, himself and their attempt to convey the painful but exhilarating infinitude of possibilities open to humankind.

The sixth and final lecture – worked out but unwritten – was to be called “Consistency. With this book Calvino gives us the most eloquent, least defensive “defense of literature” scripted in our century – ccalvino fitting gift for the next millennium.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium [] – Italo Calvino

Esther Calvino has supervised the preparation of this book. She is Italo Calvino’s Argentinian-born wife and a translator for several international organizations.

These five erudite essays The Norton Lectures were Calvino’s to nfxt the day before mdmos was to leave Italy for Cambridge, he died. But the essays though the sixth “memo” was never written down were substantially Italo Calvino Novelist and short story writer Italo Calvino was born in Cuba on October 15,and grew up in Italy, graduating from the University of Turin in He is remembered for his distinctive style of fables.

Much of his first work was political, including Il Sentiero dei Nidi di Ragno The Path of the Nest Spiders,considered one of the main novels of neorealism.


In the s, Calvino began to explore fantasy and myth as extensions of realism. Il Visconte Dimezzato The ,illennium Knight,concerns a knight split in two in combat who continues to live on as two separates, one good and one bad, deprived of the link which siz them a moral whole. In Il Barone Rampante Baron in the Trees,a boy takes to the trees to avoid eating snail soup and lives an entire, fulfilled life without ever coming back down.

Six Memos For The Next Millennium

Calvino was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College in and died infollowing a cerebral hemorrhage. At the time of his death, he was the most translated contemporary Italian writer and a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Six Memos for the Next Millennium

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