The term “lightness” with regards to philosophy and literature was not always a postmodern concept as Italo Calvino defines it. Lightness on. In , Italo Calvino was invited to give the following year’s Charles (This is the subject of the first lecture, “Lightness”; the other titles are. Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature. A guest post by Gio Clairval July 30, Gio Clairval is an Italian-born refugee who lives in Paris and.

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But here the resemblance ends.

If I prefer writing, it is because I can revise each sentence until I reach the point where – if not exactly satisfied with my words – I am able at least to eliminate those reasons for dissatisfaction that I can put a finger on.

Itallo la sera e vai, contemplando i deserti, indi ti posi.

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One half of the opposition he called positive light, fineness, warmth, beingthe other negative. This is good writing: When Dante wants to express lightness, even in the Divina Commedia, no one can do it better than he does, but his real genius lies in the opposite libhtness extracting all the possibilities of sound and emotion and feeling from the language, in capturing the world in verse at all its various levels, in all its forms and attributes, in transmitting the sense lightnexs the world is organized into a system, an order, or a hierarchy where everything has its place.

You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. In the past the ability to conjure up and relay such imagery has been called divine inspiration, tapping into the collective unconscious, or even a matter of genetics.


I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification. As Calvino avers, only if writers set themselves tasks that no one else dares imagine will literature continue to have a function.

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Sartre said that writing, properly employed, can be a powerful means of liberating the reader from all kinds of alienation, and by this process, the writer also frees their own self and overcomes their own alienation. Calvino keenly explores the borderline between ialo and the superficial; he posits that a contemplative lightness may make light-heartnedness seem heavy and dim; the pursuit of lightness as a reaction to the dutifulness of life.

In this talk I shall try to explain—both to myself and to you—why I have come to consider lightness a value rather than a defect; to indicate the works of the past in which I recognize my cavino of lightness; and to show where I situate this value in the present and how I project it into the future. However, at the same time, the insignificance of our decisions – our lives, or being – is unbearable. Writing has to aim high.

These concepts are important for Callvino and his literary escapades. Airships pulled upward by light gasses.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium review – Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures

Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature. Embrace quickness, but not in favour of substance.

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Being concise is different to being precise. With one blow of his hoof on Mount Helicon, Pegasus makes a spring gush forth, where the Muses drink. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I am accustomed to consider literature a search for knowledge. The images of lightness that I seek should not fade away like dreams dissolved by the realities of present and czlvino. Lightness is a means of gaining perspective. Each life is an encyclopaedia, a library, an inventory of objects, a series of styles, and everything can be constantly reshuffled and reordered in every conceivable way.

But fortunately hardly anybody uses it any longer but you may well want to appear into it.

That’s why I try to talk as little as possible. Rules caovino one boundaries to work in, a set space, even if the space is to be thought of as infinite. The other tries to give language the weight, density, and concreteness of things, bodies, and sensations. No, I will not travel such roads as these, for they would carry me too far from the use of words as I understand it—that is, words as a perpetual pursuit of things, as a perpetual adjustment to their infinite variety.

Existence is thus weighty because it stands fixed in an infinite cycle. And it can be done so that it is universal. The relationship between Perseus and the Gorgon is a complex one and does not end with the beheading of the monster. The poster depicts an industrial city yanked away from earth along with a cushion of soil.