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Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Penguin Modern Classics)


Italo Calvino


Penguin UK


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Penguin UK

Publication Year 2009-05-28

ISBN 9780141189697

ISBN-10 014118969X


Number of Pages 144 Pages
Language English
Italo Calvino was due to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard in 1985-86, but they were left unfinished at his death. The surviving drafts explore of the concepts of Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude and Visibility (Constancy was to be the sixth) in serious yet playful essays that reveal Calvino's debt to the comic strip and the folktale. With his customary imagination and grace, he sought to define the virtues of the great literature of the past in order to shape the values of the future. This collection is a brilliant précis of the work of a great writer whose legacy will endure through the millennium he addressed.