The Complete Cosmicomics

paperback, 432 pages

Published Sept. 8, 2015 by Mariner Books.

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4 stars

1) "I thought only of the Earth. It was the Earth that caused each of us to be that someone he was rather than someone else; up there, wrested from the Earth, it was as if I were no longer that I, nor she that She, for me. I was eager to return to the Earth, and I trembled at the fear of having lost it. The fulfilment of my dream of love had lasted only that instant when we had been united, spinning between Earth and Moon; torn from its earthly soil, my love now knew only the heart-rending nostalgia for what it lacked: a where, a surrounding, a before, an after.
This is what I was feeling. But she? As I asked myself, I was torn by my fears. Because if she also thought only of the Earth, this could be a good sign, a sign that she …

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5 stars

This book took me much, much longer to read than I would have liked, simply because the trappings of life trapped me, and because Calvino's exquisite prose (and the Weaver/Parks/McLaughlin translation of it) isn't anything to speed through. My second time reading Calvino, actually- I was so entranced by "If on a winter's night a traveler" that I couldn't wait to get my grubby paws on this one. (That being said, I can't wait to get my grubby paws on another.)

What can I say? I loved every single story contained within. The text is rich and dynamic; few authors, I like to think, could accurately envision and describe the moon, new and granite, dripping from the sea into the sky in one vast, molten mass. Or, an old moon, dimming and broken, being removed from the sky with a crane in a world where any sort of oldness is …

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