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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241275955
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 276
  • RRP: $19.99

Six Memos For The Next Millennium




This collection, now in a fluent and supple new translation, is a brilliant précis of a great writer whose legacy will endure through the millennium he addressed.

'Words connect the visible track to the invisible thing ... like a fragile makeshift bridge cast across the void'
With imagination and wit, Italo Calvino sought to define the virtues of the great literature of the past in order to shape the values of the future. His effervescent last works, left unfinished at his death, were the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, which he was due to deliver at Harvard in 1985-86. These surviving drafts explore the literary concepts closest to his heart: Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity, Exactitude and Visibility (Constancy was to be the sixth), in serious yet playful essays that reveal his debt to the comic strip and the folktale. This collection, now in a fluent and supple new translation, is a brilliant précis of a great writer whose legacy will endure through the millennium he addressed.
Translated by Geoffrey Brock
'The book I give most to people is Six Memos for the Next Millennium' Ali Smith
'Wonderful . . . full of wit and erudition' Daily Telegraph

  • Pub date: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241275955
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 276
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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Praise for Six Memos For The Next Millennium

“The book I give most to people is Six Memos for the Next Millennium”

Ali Smith

“Wonderful . . . full of wit and erudition”

Daily Telegraph


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