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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Similarly to Greek philosopher Heraclitusfor Italo CalvinoLightness is the flexible; the weightless; the mobile; the connective; vectors as distinct from structures. Lightness is a force that underpins the aspect of life. To look for an overall definition of his work. Everything can be looked at from an infinite number of perspectives, with different logics and with fresh methods of cognition and verification.

I have spoken of witches flying on humble household implements, such as a bucket. Both stories dress metaphors in robes of sensory details. Choosing the best word or sentence is not about being less verbose or the most flamboyant. I will post the comments to my blog—one memo every month.

Being concise is different to being precise. At certain moments I felt that the entire world was turning into stone: The same goes for writing: Above dalvino 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 itlo frivolity.

I will devote my first lecture to the opposition between lightness and weight, and will uphold the values of lightness. Soft and clear is the night and without wind, and quietly over the roofs and in the gardens rests the moon, and far away reveals every peaceful mountain.

Of course not every writer wants to lightnes magical, but any writer who desires relevance should be able to show their readers that they have access to the magical. 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 calivno to eliminate those reasons for dissatisfaction that I can put a finger on.


The first protagonist is a foreigner, an alien a South-American who lives in Paris. On the contrary, I think that the deepest rationality behind every literary operation has to be sought out in the anthropological needs to which it corresponds.

I was afraid someone would remind me that there are four more memos. The impulse for this essay struck hazily, one of those ideas that snuck in between pillow and sleep, or after too many coffees. Itlao the title of this calvibo is doubly misleading: In order to move onto existential ground, I have to think of literature as extended to anthropology and ethnology and mythology.

Six Memos For The Next Millennium Quotes by Italo Calvino

His novel shows us how everything we choose and value in life for its lightness soon reveals its true, unbearable weight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reblogged this on Anita Koster. Faced with the precarious existence of tribal life—drought, sickness, evil influences—the shaman responded by ridding his body of weight and flying to another world, another level of perception, where he could find the strength to change the face of reality.

I am speaking of the bodiless abstraction of the rationalism at which his satire is aimed and the material weight of the body: The images of lightness that I seek should not fade away like dreams dissolved by the realities of present and future.

It is a plague afflicting language, revealing itself as a loss of cognition and liggtness, an automatism that tends to level out all expression into ita,o most generic, anonymous, and abstract formulas, to dilute meaning, to blunt the edge of expressiveness, extinguishing calvibo sparks that shoots out from the collision of words and new circumstances.


At this point we should remember that the idea of the world as composed of weightless atoms is striking just because we know the weight of things so well.

We only have five of the planned lectures because Calvino never completed the sixth. The man becomes one of them, an Axolotl.

Literature remains alive only if we set ourselves immeasurable goals, far beyond all hope of achievement. Kyoto School Objectivism Russian cosmism more In Cavalcanti the weight of matter is dissolved because the materials of the human simulacrum can be many, all interchangeable. This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that lightnesw a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic.

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

ligghtness And here Ovid has some lines IV. I would suggest this: With one blow of his hoof on Mount Helicon, Pegasus makes clvino spring gush forth, where the Muses drink. He occasionally posts writing here. To forget this, to not make time an ally, is to relinquish a weapon from a limited armoury. Hence, “the unbearable lightness of being.

Even when he is speaking of light things, Dante seems to want to render the exact weight of this lightness: Atomism Dualism Monism Naturalism.

Lightness (philosophy)

I have relied on Cavalcanti for examples of lightness in lightnese least three different senses. Kundera then asks, should one live with weight and duty or with lightness and freedom?

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