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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Embrace quickness, but not in favour of substance. These concepts are important for Calvino and his literary escapades.

Existence is thus weighty because it stands fixed in an infinite cycle. For other uses, see Lightness disambiguation.

In both the snow on windless days suggests a light, silent movement. For Lucretius, letters were atoms in continual motion, creating the most diverse words and sounds by means of their permutations.

Email required Lightjess never made public. This is very much a book that sets you off thinking, which I suspect is the point.

The first protagonist is a foreigner, an alien a South-American who lives in Paris. The iron machines still exist, but they obey the orders of weightless bits.

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A beautiful metaphor, and a conclusion I agree with wholeheartedly. And here Ovid has some lines IV. Writing as a model for every process of reality. This is a very short story written in in the first person, and its point of departure is plainly a real situation in that winter of warfare, the worst for the Austrian Empire: It is a plague afflicting language, revealing itself as a loss of cognition and immediacy, an automatism that tends to level out all expression into the most generic, anonymous, and abstract formulas, to dilute meaning, to blunt the edge of expressiveness, extinguishing the sparks that shoots out from the collision of words and new circumstances.

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But it is software that gives the orders, acting on the outside world and on machines that exist only as functions of software and evolve so that they can work out ever more complex programs. These boats are ordinary. At certain moments I felt that the entire world was turning into stone: The first writer in the modern world who explicitly professed an atomistic concept of the universe in its fantastic transfiguration is not found until some years later, in France: Since decisions do not matter, they are “light”: Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style.

I am speaking of the bodiless abstraction of the rationalism at which his satire is aimed and the material weight of the body: Even the most ornate or seemingly garrulous writers Nabokov, Joyce, Pynchon are at their base rigidly coherent. As Calvino avers, only if writers set themselves tasks that no one else dares imagine will literature continue to have a function.

Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature

Lightness is a means of gaining perspective. You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

It casts doubt on the self, on the world, and on the whole network of relationships that are at stake. Toil for yourself, and then for others. Above all I hope to have shown that there is such a thing as a lightness of thoughtfulness, just as we all know that there is a lightness of frivolity.

Wikipedia articles with style issues from September All articles with style issues Articles that may contain original research from September All articles that may contain original research. This site uses cookies. Choosing the best word or sentence is not about being less verbose or the kightness flamboyant. We only have five of the planned lectures because Calvino never completed the sixth.


Writing laden with minutiae ages quickly and is easily forgotten. Does Calvino mean to imply that specific use of language can lead to a sense of lightness?

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In fact, thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy. Parmenides posed it in the sixth century BC. The llghtness between Perseus and the Gorgon is a complex one and does not end with the beheading of the monster. I would like you to bear this image in mind as I proceed to talk about Cavalcanti as the poet of lightness.

Sorgi la sera e vai, contemplando i deserti, indi ti posi. The lesson we can learn from a myth lies in the literal narrative, not in what we add to it from the outside. The danger of today is to type with two hands and follow that with manic workshopping or instant publishing. As he averred, writing is a search for lightness as a reaction to the weight of living.

Today every branch of science seems intent on demonstrating that the world is supported by the most minute entities, such as the messages of DNA, lightbess impulses of neurons, and quarks, and neutrinos wandering through space since the beginning of time. Calvuno School Objectivism Russian cosmism more