One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literatureBoston Globe A brilliant original approach to literature a key to Calvinos own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the worlds greatest writingSan Francisco Chronicle At the time of his death Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the ualities in writing he most valued and which he believed would define literature in the century to come Here in Six Memos for the Next Millennium are the five lectures he completed forming not only a stirring defense of literature but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself He devotes one memo each to the concepts of lightness uickness exactitude visibility and multiplicity drawing examples from his vast knowledge of myth folklore andworks both ancient and modern Readers will be astonished by the prescience of these lectures which have only gained in relevance as Calvinos next millennium has dawnedOne of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literatureBoston Globe One of the most rigorously presented and beautifully illustrated critical testaments in all of literatureBoston Globe A brilliant original approach to literature a key to Calvinos own work and a thoroughly delightful and illuminating commentary on some of the worlds greatest writingSan Francisco Chronicle At the time of his death Italo Calvino was at work on six lectures setting forth the ualities in writing he most valued and which he believed would define literature in the century to come Here in Six Memos for the Next Millennium are the five lectures he completed forming not only a stirring defense of literature but also an indispensable guide to the writings of Calvino himself He devotes one memo each to the concepts of lightness uickness exactitude visibility and multiplicity drawing examples from his vast knowledge of myth folklore andworks both ancient and modern Readers will be astonished by the prescience of these lectures which have only gained in relevance as Calvinos next millennium has dawned