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Six Memos For The Next Millennium by Italo Calvino
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it was amazing

Re-read, slowly, after many years. A slim book about meditations on literary values, full of poignant little stories. The themes are: Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility and Multiplicity.

In the Quickness chapter Calvino talks about the 'object of power' as protagonist, and about repeated situations, phrases and formulas, as so often found in fairy tales. He considers the importance of difference, not blunting but sharpening differences. He offers examples from literature regarding vastness and smallness, exactitude and vagueness, giving each its due. Calvino's passion for language grips. 'Hurry slowly,' has been his personal motto. He quotes the lovely story about Chuang-tzu's process of drawing a crab. Imagine a king granted you a house for ten years, with twelve servants, to write a novel. :)

Calvino likes the essays of Paul Valery and the stories of Jorge Luis Borges. It was Calvino, I remembered fondly, who led me to the writings of Borges.
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