The Calvino Effect

The Calvino Effect

"The ultimate literary lunch: recipes from classic authors."
The Independent. May 24, 2007. "In the course of its travels, Kafka's Soup [a novel by Mark Crick] has gained two more recipes: Rösti à la Thomas Mann for the German edition, and Moules Marinières à la Italo Calvino for the Italian. Both are included in the French edition. They will be also appear in the UK paperback, which will be published by Granta Books in November, along with a new recipe à la Charles Dickens."

'If I'm at my desk, I'm happy' (Orhan Pamuk)
By Richard Lea. Guardian Unlimited. May 31, 2007 "Inspired by Borges and Italo Calvino, then, he began a series of books, each of which brings together some of the fragments of Turkey's literary tradition on which he has been working. It is not the plots or the characters that spark his interest in a new book, however, but the way in which it is put together. "Most of the time the idea of a novel develops in this way," he explains. "I have different interests, for different books, for different little things. Then one day in the middle of the night I wake up and they are all combined with a new story, and that story holds all the little interests that I have together. Once you have the whole cosmos of the book, then you do the architecture."

"Tyeb’s triptych: Quality, rarity & top price"
By Uma Nair. The Economic Times. June 9, 2007. "[Tyeb Mehta] says that even his Falling Bird series doesn’t have many works. 'The best art comes out at the worst times because suffering gives you an impetus which nothing else does. It is like the contradiction and confluence of opposites that Italo Calvino talks about. It is true a bad market can give good art,' he said."

"The Philistine: The Tyrant."
SFist. June 9, 2007. "No performance in Berkeley would be complete without a political statement. The Tyrant, a 65mn chamber opera west coast premiere which kicked of the Berkeley Edge Fest Thursday night at the Zellerbach playhouse, on the UC campus, does not disappoint. A tyrant, operatic tenor John Duykers, is confined to his throne, afraid of being overthrown if his august tush were to sit somewhere else. The libretto is loosely based on an Italo Calvino short story, so you’ll recognize the absurdist set up."

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"Children's book author reads at Discovery Station"
By Joshua Bowman, Herald-Mail. June 30, 2007. "The Authentic Community Theatre Ensemble brought the books of Norton Juster to life Saturday when they performed a version of Juster's popular story "The Phantom Tollbooth" at Discovery Station [...] Juster said his favorite authors are Italo Calvino, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Michael Chabon."

'Metapolis': Iconic shapes in motion: Performance combines dance, architecture while exploring contemporary city life
By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Daily Star. August 09, 2004. On a Zaha Hadid and Frederic Flamand colaboration. "Flamand has worked with French architect Jean Nouvel on a project called "Body/Work/Leisure" and is collaborating with American architect Thom Mayne on "Silent Collisions," a performance inspired by Italo Calvino's much-loved novel "Invisible Cities."

Music Arts - Music Archives: Ben Wilson
B y Alexander Varty, Straight. "Listeners can get a taste of Wilson's surround-sound style . . . when SFU, the Western Front, and the HR MacMillan Space Centre team up to present Tales of the Universe, a multimedia extravaganza . . . . Wilson will be working with singer Christine Duncan and texts drawn from Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics, but it's the sound of the room he's most excited about."

Fourth-year wins Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
By Josh Schonwald, The University of Chicago Chronicle. "Fourth-year Peter Erickson has been named a winner of the prestigious Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. . . Erickson, who will receive his award this winter from Wiesel at a reception in New York, focused his essay on the relationship between ethics and literature, drawing from the works of Italo Calvino and William Shakespeare, and Roberto Benigni’s film Life is Beautiful."


Western Bridge Gallery debuts with an impressive display of contemporary art
By Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Iranian video artist Shirin Neshat's 'Possessed' gives the exhibit its title. In her nine-minute piece, which Art in America's Amei Wallach said embodied Italo Calvino's call for art of 'economy, rhythm and hard logic,' a deranged and soulful female figure becomes through her isolation a disruptive force in a closed Iranian society."

Electronic music, video add to 'King' premiere
By Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 13, 2004. "A King Listens" was "Inspired by a short story by Italo Calvino, the opera uses live and electronic music, video and performance to tell the story of a king who is a prisoner in his palace and his mind."

Malbork I for six players
Benjamin Schweitzer, composer. "Malbork I is the first of a loose series of chamber music pieces being connected to the work of Italo Calvino"

Enter the maze
The Guardian. "David Mitchell can see why his younger self was enthralled by Italo Calvino's meditation on writing, If on a winter's night a traveller."

Leunsman in the Garden of Eden
By Susan Kendzulak, Taipei Times. "Anthony Luensman's solo exhibition Ersilia at MOCA takes on biblical themes and Italo Calvino as inspiration for his interactive playful sound sculptures."

Chinese Experimental Theatre Performs Six Memos
"Six Memos for the Next Millennium - Movement" is directed by Wei Ying-chuan from Taiwan's Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group. (2003 Beijing-Taiwan-Hong Kong Experimental Drama Festival).

The Arches Theatre Festival: Pandora 88: To The Moon
Mark Brown review in Scotland's Sunday Herald. "Although the piece is inspired by Italo Calvino’s story The Distance Of The Moon, it has, in the occasional narration of Julie Brown’s fine captain, an intriguing connection to the Scottish oral tradition. These poetic asides fall short of providing a narrative drive, however, and the production develops a disappointing sense of drift."

Magic and panache mark Arches' new works: Dale Heinen’s To The Moon
Joyce McMillan's review in on site of play inspired by a "Calvino story about a mythical age when the Moon is so close to the Earth that the people can 'harvest' it, as if [it] really were made of milk or green cheese."

First person singular: rigour with warmth
By Ivan Hewett in the Telegraph: "[Luciano] Berio's transformations of old genres were most far-reaching in opera, where he collaborated with the leading Italian writers of the post-war period, including Sanguinetti, Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino."

Orhan Pamuk:

THE voice from Istanbul [register first]
Jerusalem Post, "That was also the period when, having discovered Borges and Calvino, [Orhan] Pamuk found a way of looking back at the Islamic literary heritage . . ."

A conversation with Orhan Pamuk
The Borzoi reader Online. "Italo Calvino taught me that inventiveness is as important as history itself."

The Deadly Art of Potraits
By Char Simons, Christian Science Monitor. "The twist is that the story unfolds as each chapter is narrated by a different character or object - the murder victim, the murderer, the lovers, the town gossip, a dog, the color red - with a style reminiscent of Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler."

Bruce Sterling talk on Calvino
Written for a celebration of Calvino at the Milanese Triennale. "I first discovered the work of Italo Calvino, at random, by accident, in a very appropriate place, a  public library."

The Illuminated Calvino
This is "an exhibition of works by an international group of artists, inspired by the writer Italo Calvino" and in memory of fellow artist, Tristan Humphries. The exhibit runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, 2001, at the Coningsby Gallery, Tottenham Street, London W1.

From Others' Work
Hosted at CONJUNCTIONS, the writer, David Chirico, describes this as "a series of descriptions of imaginary works of installation art, and it was inspired in part by Invisible Cities."

An Interview with Rhys Hughes
A writer influenced by Calvino. In The Newsletter of The Council for the Literature of the Fantastic, Volume 1, Number 3 (February 1996)

Jeannette Winterson:

Jeannette Winterson
"Winterson draws on the playful intertextuality and readerly sensibility of Italo Calvino as well as the uncompromisingly high modernists Woolf, Gertrude Stein and HD. Her cultural criticism shows echoes of TS Eliot."

Redemption Songs
By Maya Jaggi, The Guardian. "I was always excited by European literature - Calvino, Borges, Perec, Rabelais."

The Soft Moon
Karen Done's musical "composition was inspired by a chapter from the book 'Time and the Hunter' (aka t zero) by Italo Calvino . . . The piece was composed in three sections; 'the earth and the moon, 'the moon's transformation', and 'the moon descends upon the earth.'

"... quotes Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveller in form and content, but recasts Calvino's meditation on the play of branching texts into the sphere of video and television."

Alex de Campi: Irons In The Fire
An interview with Alex de Campi, a comics writer influenced by Calvino. By Craig Lemon.

Interview with Marcos Wagner da Cunha
An author influenced by Calvino. Some of da Cunha's freudian-influenced stories may be read in his collection A Rainbow for Your Eyes. I recommend it.

Zakros InterArts multimedia work inspired by "Invisible Cities"
Information regarding a Zakros InterArts project; scroll down.

Invisible Cities
Excellent Calvino-inspired pictures.

Ken Schles' Invisible City
Photographer Ken Schles' work focusing on New York. "Images from the book have been exhibited at the Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands as well as the Jan Kesner  Gallery in Los Angeles."

Invisible Cities Press

Invisible Cities Made Visible @ La Triennale di Milano
By Alexandra Hyde "'Le Citta’ In/Visibili' at La Triennale di Milano comprises eleven installations by different artists each interpreting one of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities."

Caricature of Calvino

The End of the Story Excerpts: Michael Joyce
11/13/96, in The Atlantic.  Hyperfiction and Calvino mentioned. Hypertext guru Joyce refers to Calvino and his own ground-breaking work.

Planet BrainSex: Stanislaw Lem
"[H]e is writer addressing profound philosophical issues and telling fantastic tales -- often compared with Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges."

Salon Magazine: The Many Voices of Ken Kalfus
Article by Laura Miller on Kalfus, another writer influenced by Calvino. Includes a "sample from his funky, clever riff on Calvino's "Invisible Cities."

"Michael McNabb: Invisible Cities"
Michael McNabb's electro-acoustic score was created for a full-scale dance performance of six movements which featured human dancers and robots."

"David Moss: Conjure"
An OpenRadio that "revels in the playful world of the late Italian writer and Nobel Prize winner, Italo Calvino. Moss uses selected texts from Calvino's Invisible Cities and his own inimitable vocal and percussion style. Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO."

Directed by Alan Taylor, allegedly influenced by Calvino, and set in Jersey City.

-Updated July 6, 2007; Outside the Town of Malbork was first programmed in Jan. 1999.