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3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,244 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
«Rileggendo il tutto, m'accorgo che la storia di Palomar si può riassumere in due frasi: "Un uomo si mette in marcia per raggiungere, passo a passo, la saggezza. Non è ancora arrivato".»
(Dalla presentazione scritta da Calvino nel 1983)
Hardcover, 138 pages
Published 2001 by Planeta DeAgostini (first published 1983)
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The thought of a time outside our experience is intolerable.

Had I met someone like Mr. Palomar before reading this book, I’d have easily passed him off as just another middle aged man on the verge of senility with nothing better to do with his time or at the most a mad wannabe scientist who realized about his true calling when it was too late with no one interested about his observations or findings. But trust Mr. Calvino when it comes to make seemingly weak characters strong and one of the m
Nate D
Mar 28, 2014 Nate D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: observers of internal and external landscapes
Recommended to Nate D by: The unabating stimuli of the surrounding world
Calvino's bittersweet final "novel": a series of reflections on humanity's relationship to the universe, to the world, to itself. Mr. Palomar, named of a telescope is a perfect observer, always alert and alert to his own alertness, seeking a maximum of receptivity to his surroundings, attempting with a modest diligence to make sense of existence. The question of how best to do this is, of course, complicated -- its nuances, broken in so many sub-examples, compose this book. Encyclopedic and rigo ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Nahed.E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إيطالي

القراءة الأولي لـ إيتالو كالفينو .. ولكن

علي الرغم من كونها رواية تأملية وفلسفية للغاية .. إلا أنني صراحة لم اندمج كثيراً مع أفكار السيد بالومار !!
فالرواية بأكملها تتحدث عن رجل يحيا في عالمه الخاص .. وتأملاته الشخصية التي لا تدع له مجالا للتفكير في شئ أخر سوي هذه الأفكار الفلسفية والساؤلات التي لا يجد لها إجابات شافية !
فالعالم كله بكل ما فيه من كائنات وأصوات ومواقف هو غابة من التساؤلات المتشابكة ... ولكنها يا سيدي لم تجعلني أتشابك معها في دوامات الفكر والتأمل ..
فلقد كنت بعيدة طوال الكتاب . أق
Ben Winch
Nov 04, 2014 Ben Winch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to Calvino late. As a curious/voracious young adult I read If on a winter’s night a traveller, thought it pointless, and aside from fragments didn’t try him again for twenty years. The density, the language, the playful intellectualness – none of that was the problem. But I was a Borges fan and I demanded some heartshock with my mindgames – some dizzying vertigo or glimpse of the abyss. Whether, in other works, Calvino offers this I can’t say: since my two-decades hiatus I’ve read only Mr ...more
Alex Teplitzky
Oct 18, 2008 Alex Teplitzky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up an Italo Calvino book I am torn between two poles: on one hand, I am initially intensely disinterested: how to get involved in a book that has no overarching plot? But on the other hand, Calvino chooses his words so carefully and wisely that not one sentence seems superfluous. His love of lists for example seems to parallel the mind thinks. And, provided I give him a chance, my mind begins to think that Calvino is some kind of god who has the blue-prints to the human conditi ...more
Emily  O
Feb 05, 2012 Emily O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: European Literary Classics (ENG 202)
I don't usually like blurbs. I find that they often misrepresent the books that they are supposed to be describing. That said, I don't know that there is any better way to describe Mr. Palomar than "a vision of a world familiar by consensus, fragmented by the burden of individual perception. This books isn't plot driven, or even character driven, so much as it is a book of images, thoughts, moods, and ideas. Contemplative and deliberately paced, Mr. Palomar is different from almost anything else ...more
MJ Nicholls
I'm not one of your starry-eyed prose-droolers who appreciates beautiful writing on its own terms. I need formal innovation or structural complexity or dazzling dialogue or knee-snapping humour to keep me amused amid the lexical contortionism. This makes Calvino an infuriating bedfellow: his Oulipo-era prose is constructed with tight mathematical rigidity, yet what comes through in this work is the shiny artifice of his prose, the sparkly poetics of the Cosmicomics. Not good.

Well . . . I don't k
Ahmad Sharabiani
Palomar, Italo Calvino
عنوان: آقای پالومار؛ ایتالو کالوینو؛ مترجم: آرزو اقتداری؛ تهران، کتاب خورشید، 1389، در 131 ص؛ شابک: 9789647081801؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایتالیایی قرن 20 م
این داستان نخستین بار با عنوان «دو داستان در یک کتاب آقای پالومار و نوه چنتو» در سال 1377 در 220 ص تهران، انتشارات موسسه ایران؛ منتشر شده است
البته که داستان دوم اثر: الساندرو بریکو هست
Neal Adolph
I wonder if, sometime before I was born and sometime before he died, Mr. Calvino and I had a meeting where we decided we would become friends, or perhaps we simply agreed that I would admire him a great deal and would go to him in those moments of need when I wasn't even aware of my need. I wonder if Mr. Palomar was the result of this meeting, the product of the contract, if you will. It is, of course, a silly thing to wonder. Entirely unlikely and, some would say, entirely impossible. How would ...more
May 22, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd started reading this book a long time ago but didn't get very far for reasons long since forgotten. Having just re-read the brilliant 'If on a Winter's Night a Traveller', I picked it up again. Being by Calvino, one of my literary heroes, I knew it would never be less than interesting.

The book has no story as such at all, comprising a series of reflections. That rules it out for all of those readers who like their fiction to be plot-driven. And in the hands of another writer, this might be
Michael Mejia
Jan 24, 2009 Michael Mejia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved the idea of Calvino, his books of ideas, the idea of the book in Calvino, though I've not always loved everything of his. This is a great one. I mean, there is a plot in the sense that one's life is a plot, that the evolution of Mr. Palomar's thinking is a plot. Not that plot matters much to me. Palomar is less a character than a sequence of systems of thought, subtle differentiations between them, always leaning toward the balancing of the visible and invisible, the finite and ...more
Yehia Nasser
Oct 08, 2015 Yehia Nasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If time has to end, it can be described, instant by instant,” Palomar thinks, “and each instant, when described, expands so that its end can no longer be seen.” He decides that he will set himself to describing every instant of his life, and until he has described them all he will no longer think of being dead. At that moment he dies
M. Sarki
Feb 10, 2014 M. Sarki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M. by: Garima
I wanted to give this book one star as I "did not like it", but out of respect for many admiring readers of it here, give it two stars instead. I am now finished with my subjection of Italo Calvino. He just does not do it for me. Sorry.
Rosa Ramôa
Apr 03, 2015 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italo Calvino,Itália,1923-1985

"O conhecimento do próximo tem isto de especial: passa necessariamente pelo conhecimento de si mesmo".(Palomar)
Inderjit Sanghera
Sep 17, 2015 Inderjit Sanghera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True art opens our eyes to the beauty of the world-to its inexorable effervescence and inescapable sadness. Mr Palomar, who appears to the world to be an eccentric crank, discombobulating beneath the dissonances of his mind, is a true artist and poet: that he is able to recognize the beauty of a piece of cheese, which the colorless, grey crowds ignore in their desire to go nowhere fast, is a symptomatic of how willfully understood most artists are-it is only after we open the minds and eyes of o ...more
Farhan Khalid
Nobody looks at the moon in the afternoon

And this is the moment when it would most require our attention

Since its existence is still in doubt

The moon is the most changeable body in the visible universe

And the most regular in its complicated habits

Who fear it is too beautiful to be true

Perhaps the first rule I must impose on myself is this: Stick to what I see

[Jupiter] Effects of immense atmospheric storms are translated into a calm, orderly pattern

What can be more stable than nothingness

This obs
Apr 29, 2013 Capodepedra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brent Legault
Dec 15, 2011 Brent Legault rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this were a novel (it isn't), it would have the rare distinction of being entirely characterless. (Which is not to say it is without character. Character it has. In fact, it's a real charmer.)

Many books lack plot (as this one does) but few find themselves without a character to follow around. Calvino, however, despite having named his book after a person (the "main character"), has made a world that is populated by things like giraffes and tortoises and waves and meat and cheese and even sta
Sep 28, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenelle, Derick Dupree
Book simmering with that Aristotelian flavor: endearing list-making, whimsical archiving. It can be a bit tedious and indulgent at times, like Calvino is spewing out of his vault just to spew, but I have a habit/fault of being an invested and flattering listener, anyway, so I don't mind. In any case, P.'s system of order stresses me out -- it's so intentionally myopic it is smothering. There's no motion to this book at all, but the language is so so beautiful; it was a real pleasure to luxuriate ...more
Apr 12, 2011 mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حيــن تجتمع "الفكاهة" مع "الفكر" ،، مزج رائع من الــوان الحياة ،،

لقد أدخلت في نفسي السرور يا بالومار . .
لقد أظهرت لي جوانب خفية من طرق التفكير ،،

اشتريت مرة خفين غير متجانسين كما تكرر الحدث معك
و لكن لم تراودني تلك الأفكار الرائعة المتناثرة
التي لا تتبع تصنيفا محددا
Karlo Mikhail
Mr. Palomar consists of meditations on perception rather than present a narrative in the traditional sense.

What aroused my interest is how Mr. Palomar trains his vision on the city which he describes simply as a point of consumption. Strolling like a flaneur into different shops, he acquaints us to the minutiae of the market made cultural as a self-referential linguistic system (a la Saussure) with no outside. The city of people and laborers creating products is hidden from view. Material social
Raffaella Foresti
Cari alieni,

il nostro viaggio alla scoperta della letteratura postmoderna e delle sue origini, guardando alla nostra Italia, non poteva che passare da Italo Calvino, grande innovatore della narrazione – e non solo – del secondo ‘900.
Tra le molte sue opere qui si tratta, in particolare, di Palomar, pubblicato dalla casa editrice Einaudi nel 1983. Un romanzo che è anche un’esperienza, il viaggio avventuroso di un uomo ossessionato dalla ricerca di una chiave di pensiero, potremmo chiamarla, che gl
Aug 31, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Palomar is "a nervous man who lives in a frenzied and congested world...and to defend himself against the general neurasthenia...tries to keep his sensations under control insofar as possible." The book is a series of short pieces that narrate Palomar's attempt to carefully observe his world, to screen out distractions in order to get a clear view of things. He begins by focusing on surfaces, but has trouble getting beyond them: "it's only after you have come to know the surface of things... ...more
Víctor Sampayo
Oct 10, 2015 Víctor Sampayo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El libro más conmovedor que he leído de Italo Calvino, quien, a través de una galería de detalles nimios de la existencia, muestra una serie de contenedores que albergan una profunda e inesperada sabiduría.
Jul 18, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia
Il signor Palomar vede i fatti minimi della vita quotidiana in una prospettiva cosmica. Scruta con occhio analitico oggetti ed eventi della realtà e li descrive, nel continuo tentativo di avvicinarsi alla saggezza.In questa continua ricerca, volta ad estendere i limiti della conoscenza umana - ricerca che potrebbe apparire frustrante e vana -, Palomar si avventura come un esploratore.La conclusione cui Palomar giunge è che la saggezza è irraggiungibile, ma vale sempre la pena cercare di raggiung ...more
Supriya Dhaliwal
I started to introduce myself to existentialism by reading Italo Calvino and I won't look back. I've certainly made the right choice.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary on my iPhone describes EXISTENTIALISM as: a chiefly 20th century philosophical movement embracing diverse doctrines but centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right
Jan 02, 2016 Rhys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calvino is my favourite writer and this was one of his last books. It's not an easy read. There is no 'story' as such. Rather it is a series of meditations that are as lyrical as they are rigorous and profound. Like the famous and brilliant Invisible Cities it is a book that requires more than one reading. Calvino is the master of paradox and contradiction and his ideas are genuinely original.
Silvia Sirea
Apr 17, 2015 Silvia Sirea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non leggevo Calvino da un po' e alla fine della lettura di "Palomar" posso affermare con certezza che mi era mancato, sì.

Il protagonista di questo breve libro è appunto il signor Palomar, un uomo curioso, riflessivo e introverso che tende a soffermarsi lungamente su ogni piccola cosa, o quasi, e che si pone tante domande. Calvino usa questo espediente per raccogliere numerose e dettagliate riflessioni sulla vita che catturano e stupiscono il lettore.
Mi è capitato di ritrovarmi più di qualche v
Apr 09, 2011 Raiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
السيد بالومار..
استمتعتُ كثيراً بصحبته.. رجل يفكر بطريقة مغايرة
قد يخيل إليكَ أن هذا الرجل غبي.. يهدر وقتهُ في التفكير
لكنك ما إن تُمعن النظر/ حتى تدرك تماماً بأن تفكيره منطقي..

قرأتً الكتاب إلكترونياً.. ولم أنهيه
ولم تفارقني الإبتسامة أثناء قرائته =D

الكتاب جيد للذين يفكرون خارج الصندوق..
Ας πούμε μεταφάουστ.
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Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy. He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler (1979).

His style is not easily classified; much of his writing has an air of the fantastic
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“A person's life consists of a collection of events,
the last of which could also change the meaning of the whole,
not because it counts more than the previous ones
but because once they are included in a life,
events are arranged in an order that is not chronological but, rather,
corresponds to an inner architecture.”
“What remains uncertain, rather, is whether this gain in evidence and (we might as well say it) splendor is due to the slow retreat of the sky, which as it moves away, sinks deeper and deeper into darkness, or whether on the contrary, it is the moon that is coming forward, collecting the previously scattered light and depriving the sky of it, concentrating it all in the round mouth of its funnel.” 3 likes
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