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However, Calvino died of a stroke before he finished writing them. That said, within its scope and self-proclaimed goal — to pass on a set of values that will be useful in helping literature survive and describe the next millennium our own, that is — it is extremely wide-ranging, and is one of the most unusual books of literary criticism ever written.
It would be of little help to the student of literature at university, unless he or she were writing about Calvino himself. But for the general reader and lover of literature it is rich and deeply satisfying — paradoxically so, given that it is so brief, and often so vague. Calvino picks and chooses from the whole range of human thought, though he often returns to Leopardi and to Shakespeare, about whom he is deftly illuminating. This is very much a book that sets you off thinking, which I suspect is the point.
Also, the virtue of having this as a physical book is that you can jot down your own reactions as they occur in the margins. As I said, it is short, but there is a universe in here. Topics Italo Calvino Nicholas Lezard's choice. Literary criticism Paperbacks reviews.
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Six Memos For The Next Millennium
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Calvino was offered the — term of the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry at Harvard — an annual lectureship held by such luminaries as T. Calvino died weeks before he was scheduled to depart for Harvard to deliver his Norton lectures. But working on them, his wife recalls, was the obsession of his final months. In the foreword, Calvino considers what books alone can give us and writes:. My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it. He sets out to outline six such things, beginning with Lightness — perhaps the most poetic and delicate of all.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium  – Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino, one of the world's best storytellers, died on the eve of his departure for Harvard, where he was to 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 making 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. This book, then, is Calvino's legacy to us: those universal values he pinpoints for future generations to cherish become the watchword for our appreciation of Calvino himself. 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" leggerezza , and Calvino cites Lucretius, Ovid, Boccaccio, Cavalcanti, Leopardi, and Kundera--among others, as always--to show what he means: the gravity of existence has to be borne lightly if it is to be borne at all.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures
Sei proposte per il prossimo millennio is a book based on a series of lectures written by Italo Calvino for the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard , but never delivered as Calvino died before leaving Italy. The lectures were originally written in Italian and translated by Patrick Creagh. The lectures were to be given in the fall of , and Memos was published in The memos are lectures on the values of literature that Calvino felt were important for the coming millennium. At the time of his death Calvino had finished all but the last lecture. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.