By Italo Calvino
Calvino exhibits that the radical, faraway from being a lifeless shape, is able to never-ending mutations. If on a winter’s evening a vacationer seems to be now not one novel yet ten, every one with a distinct plot, sort, atmosphere, and writer. Translated by means of William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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I was coming to tell you I had found the novel you were looking for, and it is the very one our seminar on the feminist revolution needs. " "You are misinformed, Ludmilla. " Professor Uzzi-Tuzii cries. "It's a well-known case of forgery! " Crowding behind Lotaria is the vanguard of a phalanx of young girls with limpid, serene eyes, slightly alarming eyes, perhaps because they are too limpid and serene. Among them a pale man forces his way, bearded, with a sarcastic gaze and a systematically disillusioned curl to his lips.
The Cimbro-Cimmerian debate does not seem to affect Ludmilla, now occupied with a single thought: the possibility that the interrupted novel might contìnue. " she asks you in a whisper. " "Ludmilla," Lotaria says, "we're going to our study group. If you want to follow the discussion of Viljandi's novel, come along. " Here you are, enrolled behind Lotaria's banner. The group takes its place in a classroom, around a table. You and Ludmilla would like to sit as close as possible to the bundle of manuscript Lotaria is holding before her, which seems to contain the novel in question.
It is beyond dispute, in any case, that it was only after his definitive choice of the Cimbric language that the author found his genuine inspiration for this novel.... "I won't give you the whole history," the professor continues, "of the variable fortunes of this book in the Cimbric People's Republic. First published as a classic, translated also into German so that it could be disseminated abroad (this is the translation we are using now), it later suffered during the campaigns for ideological rectification, and was withdrawn from circulation and even from the libraries.