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Italo Calvino
(1923-1985) born on
Oct 15
Italian journalist, short-story writer, novelist. His whimsical and imaginative fables made him one of the most important Italian fiction writers in the 20th century.
         
   
F
Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.

R
The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.
A
The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.
N
The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.
K
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
R: "Cybernetics and Ghosts," lecture, delivered in Turin, Nov. 1969 (published in The Literature Machine, 1987).
A: Invisible Cities (1972; tr. 1974).
N: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
K: "Why Read the Classics?," in L'Espresso (Rome, 28 June 1981; repr. in The Literature Machine, 1987). This is one of a series of definitions of "a classic" in Calvino's essay.
   


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