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Collection of Sand Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00E9FYU1M
- Publisher : Mariner Books (September 16, 2014)
- Publication date : September 16, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 566 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 231 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #877,068 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Italo Calvino is that unique essayist who had an encyclopedic knowledge and a talent to make his interests, observations, and conclusions so captivating, that the reader almost loses sight of his profundity. At the same time, he never falls into dilettantism as we follow his thinking. Who would describe the image of Ahura Mazda as a "pilot sitting in a cockpit of a plane? Who can make a piece about archaeological diggings of a pig farm from ancient Roman times seem, well timely? Who can take the topic of graffiti and the city and turn it into a journey that takes us from ancient cities, to medieval cities, to the present day that is not pedantic but insightful and topical.
The true joy of such a collection is in reading a chapter in each section and making your own conclusions as to why they are cataloged in such a manner, or simply bouncing erratically from essay to essay according to your personal whims.
Less we fall into a melancholic miasma of loss at this writer's death, it is reassuring to know that he has left us with a wealth footnotes and references for us to begin our own journeys. A brilliant coda to a remarkable career.