Italo Giovanni Calvino Mameli, 1923 - 1985
From the cover of Invisible Cities (ca. 1972)
Born: 15 October 1923, Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba
Died: 19 September 1985, Siena, Italy
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- A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. permalink
- Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky. permalink
- Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb. permalink
- I feel suspicious about writers who claim to tell the whole truth about themselves, about life, or about the world. I prefer to stay with the truths I find in writers who present themselves as the most bold-faced liars. permalink
- If one gets used to translating into a novel one's experiences, one's ideas, what one has to say becomes a novel; one is left with no raw materials for another form of literary expression. permalink
- Literature ... the Promised Land in which language becomes what it really ought to be. permalink
Six Memos for the Next Millennium (1992)
- What stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary. permalink
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