Italo Calvino Quotes (22 quotes)
“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.”
Cybernetics and Ghosts (1969)
“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.”
The uses of literature: Essays (1986 edition), p. 18 - ISBN: 9780151932054
“When politicians and politically minded people pay too much attention to literature, it is a bad sign - a bad sign mostly for literature. But it is also a bad sign when they don't want to hear the word mentioned.”
Una pietra sopra: Discorsi di letteratura e società [translated as "The Uses of Literature" and also as "The Literature Machine"] (1980)
“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”
In 1965 - By Way of an Autobiography, 341
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Born: October 15, 1923
Died: September 19, 1985 (aged 61)
Occupation: Journalist, novelist, essayist
Bio: Italo Calvino was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the Cosmicomics collection of short stories, and the novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler.