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Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Italo Calvino


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Six Memos for the Millennium is a collection of five lectures Italo Calvino was about to deliver at the time of his death. Here is his legacy to us: the universal values he pinpoints become the watchwords for our appreciation of Calvino himself.

What should be cherished in literature? Calvino devotes one lecture, or memo to the reader, to each of five indispensable qualities: lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, and multiplicity. A sixth lecture, on consistency, was never committed to paper, and we are left only to ponder the possibilities. With this book, he gives us the most eloquent defense of literature written in the twentieth century—a fitting gift for the next millennium.

Praise For Six Memos for the Next Millennium

"One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literature." —Boston Globe

"Calvino's lectures [are] his shining literary testament.... [He] is as entrancing a theorist as he is a tale-teller." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"No one has written so well about that gifted and nimble Italian genius Italo Calvino as has the master himself in these five highly personal meditations on the art of writing." —The New York Times Book Review

Vintage, 9780679742371, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 1993