This book addresses a central concern in the work of Italy's most important contemporary novelist, Italo Calvino. It investigates the relationship between the visual and the textual in Italo Calvino's oeuvre—a key aspect of the author's multidimensional writings.
Le Square Introduction Part I: Image 1. Calvino's Colours 2. Colours, Landscapes and the Senses in Difficult Loves 3. The Visual in Cosmicomics: Myth and Classical Rhetoric 4. Images and Scientific Knowledge in Calvino 5. Recreating Visibility in Literary Translation: How to Code Space in Italian and in Danish 6. The Significance of Visibility: Interpreting the Image in Calvino Part II: Eye 7. Innanzi Tutto, Aprire Leggermente, Ovvero… Contemplations About Language: Verbosities, Infelicities, Nonsensicalities, Oddities 8. Calvino at Play: Rules and Games for Writing in Space 9. The Dizzying Gaze: Calvino's Thesis, the First Novel, and Conrad as a Model of Visibility 10. From the Vantage Point of Hindsight': Viewing Calvino's Landscape 11. Leaning from the Steep Slope…': The Fall of the Cartographic Eye in Calvino's Late Works 12. Language and the Brain's 'Mental Cinema' Part III: Art 13. From Picasso to Dürer: Calvino's Book Covers 14. Italo Calvino and the Fantastic Iconology of Cartoons 15. The Photographic Image: Calvino 'in Dialogue' with Barthes, Sontag and Baudrillard 16. Ekphrasis: The Problem of Representing Visual Art in the Works of Italo Calvino and Per Højholt 17. Signs and Visuality in Italo Calvino's Narratives 18. Calvino and Klee: Variations of Line Part IV: Ekphrasis 19. The Painter of Absence 20. The Arrow in the Mind: A Review of 'The Mechanism of Meaning' 22. Calvino's Apartment in Rome: An Imagined Space