Italo Calvino was one of the best Italian fiction writers of the 20th century whose TRP rested in his whimsical and imaginative fables. A journalist, short story writer and novelist, Calvino’s best bet came with his the ‘Cosmicomics’ collection of short stories, the novels ‘Invisible Cities’ and ‘If on a winter's night a traveler’ and ‘Our Ancestors’ trilogy. Such was the popularity of Calvino’s work that he became one of the most translated contemporary Italian writers at the time of his death. A tough contender for ‘Nobel Prize in Literature’, Calvino achieved success not just in Italy but overseas as well, as his books were read by readers from Britain to Australia. Calvino’s style interestingly evolved over the period of his career. From fictional work, he switched to fantasy and allegory, producing stories that brought him international acclaim. In his works, Calvino played with the innovative structures and shifting viewpoints to examine the nature of chance, coincidence and change. His brilliance in the art of writing is also visible in the words of wisdom that he left behind which are till date quoted extensively. They cover various aspects of life and living, like politics, meaning of life, happiness, governance, family and so on, providing the food for thought. With this section, explore some of the famous quotes and thoughts by Italo Calvino.
Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.
Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written.
Every new book I read comes to be a part of that overall and unitary book that is the sum of my readings...if you need little to set the imagination going, I require even less: the promise of reading is enough.