Italo Calvino’s enchanting stories about the evolution of the universe, with characters that are fashioned from mathematical formulae and cellular structures, The Complete Cosmicomics is translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks and William Weaver in Penguin Modern Classics.
‘Naturally, we were all there, – dld 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?’ The Cosmicomics tell the story of the history of the universe, from the big bang, through millennia and across galaxies.
It is witnessed through the eyes of ‘cosmic know-it-all’ Qfwfq, an exuberant, chameleon-like figure, who takes the shape of a dinosaur, a mollusc, a steamer captain and a moon milk gatherer, among others. This is the first complete edition in English of Italo Calvino’s funny, whimsical and delightful stories, which blend scientific fact, flights of fancy, parody and wordplay to show the strangeness and the wonders of the world. Italo Calvino (1923-1985), one of Italy’s finest postwar writers, has delighted readers around the world with his deceptively simple, fable-like stories.