The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics

Together for the first time, a new translation of the revered, contemporary Italian author's short stories describing the beginning of the universe and other natural phenomena builds creative tales around well-known scientific facts.

Penguin Modern Classics: The Complete List

The Complete List

Penguin Modern Classics: The Complete List

'A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers' from Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino Penguin Modern Classics have been shaping the reading habits of generations since 1961. This 50th anniversary catalogue offers a complete list of all the titles in print across the Modern Classics list, from Chinua Achebe to Stefan Zweig via George Orwell and everything else in between. It also contains Italo Calvino's inspiring essay on what makes a classic a classic.

Words Are My Matter

Writings on Life and Books

Words Are My Matter

A collection of essays on life and literature, from one of the most iconic authors and astute critics in contemporary letters. Words Are My Matter is essential reading: a collection of talks, essays, and criticism by Ursula K. Le Guin, a literary legend and unparalleled voice of our social conscience. Here she investigates the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction--and, through the lens of literature, gives us a way of exploring the world around us. In "Freedom," Le Guin notes: "Hard times are coming, when we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now ... to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We'll need writers who can remember freedom--poets, visionaries--realists of a larger reality." Le Guin was one of those authors and inWords Are My Matter she gives us just that: a vision of a better reality, fueled by the power and might and hope of language and literature.

Italo Calvino

Letters, 1941-1985

Italo Calvino

This is the first collection in English of the extraordinary letters of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Italy's most important postwar novelist, Italo Calvino (1923-1985) achieved worldwide fame with such books as Cosmicomics, Invisible Cities, and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. But he was also an influential literary critic, an important literary editor, and a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal, Leonardo Sciascia, Natalia Ginzburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luciano Berio. This book includes a generous selection of about 650 letters, written between World War II and the end of Calvino’s life. Selected and introduced by Michael Wood, the letters are expertly rendered into English and annotated by well-known Calvino translator Martin McLaughlin. The letters are filled with insights about Calvino’s writing and that of others; about Italian, American, English, and French literature; about literary criticism and literature in general; and about culture and politics. The book also provides a kind of autobiography, documenting Calvino’s Communism and his resignation from the party in 1957, his eye-opening trip to the United States in 1959-60, his move to Paris (where he lived from 1967 to 1980), and his trip to his birthplace in Cuba (where he met Che Guevara). Some lengthy letters amount almost to critical essays, while one is an appropriately brief defense of brevity, and there is an even shorter, reassuring note to his parents written on a scrap of paper while he and his brother were in hiding during the antifascist Resistance. This is a book that will fascinate and delight Calvino fans and anyone else interested in a remarkable portrait of a great writer at work.

Letters 1941-1985

Letters 1941-1985

'The only thing I would like to be able to teach is a way of looking, in other words a way of being in the world. In the end, literature cannot teach anything else.' Italo Calvino, novelist, literary critic and editor, was also a masterful letter writer whose correspondents included Umberto Eco, Primo Levi, Gore Vidal and Pier Paolo Pasolini. This collection of his extraordinary letters, the first in English, gives an illuminating insight into his work and life. They include correspondence with fellow authors, generous encouragement to young writers, responses to critics, thoughts on literary criticism and literature in general, as well as giving glimpses of Calvino's role in the antifascist Resistance, his disenchantment with Communism and his travels to America and Cuba. Together they reveal the searching intellect, clarity and passionate commitment of a great writer at work. Translated by Martin McLaughlin Selected with an Introduction by Michael Wood 'These letters place Calvino in the larger frame of twentieth-century Italy and provide a showcase for his refined and civil voice . . . Letters is a charming addition to the Planet Calvino - a place cluttered with sphinxes, chimeras, knights, spaceships and viscounts both cloven and whole.' Guardian

Space, about a dream

Space, about a dream

Kunsthalle Wien takes the opportunity to present a kaleidoscopic inventory of important works of art of the past three decades that celebrate, intepret, illustrate, reflect or reinvent the theme of Outer space. Exhibition: Kunsthalle Wien (1.4-15.8.2011).

Cosmicomics

Cosmicomics

Enchanting stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures. " Naturally, we were all there, - old Qfwfq said, - where else could we have been? Nobody knew then that there could be space. Or time either: what use did we have for time, packed in there like sardines?" Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

The Art of Fashion

Installing Allusions

The Art of Fashion

Contemporary fashion designers increasingly work in the field of the visual arts and so influence the art world. the exhibition "The art of fashion": Installing Allusions" focuses on the dynamic boundary between fashion and art. At th heart of the exhibition are exclusive new works by five of the world{u2019}s leading fashion designers. Specially for the exhibition The H+F Fashion on the Edge Foundations has invited Viktor & Rolf, Naomi Filmer, Hussein Chalayan, anna-Nicole Ziesche and Walter van Beirendonck to create new works that abandon the principle of wearable clothing. the themes suggested by these commissioned works are explored in more than fifty objects by an international group of artists and designers who work in a similar manner. Exhibiton; Museum Boijmans van Beuninging, Rotterdam; Sept. 19th 2009 - Jan. 10th, 2010.