Calvino, Italo (Translated by Martin McLaughlin, Tim Parks & William Weaver). THE COMPLETE COSMICOMICS. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2014. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 432 pages. Fine.

Definitive Edition of the author's masterwork. One of the greatest literary achievements of the 20th century. Advance Reader's Edition (ARC). Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. Published in a small and limited one-time-only print run as a softcover original for distribution to the industry and the press. None of the copies was sold commercially. There is no ISBN. The ARC is now rare. Presents, in one volume, all of Italo Calvino's "Cosmicomics" in definitive English translations. Brings together for the very first time all of the enthralling stories, including quite a few never before translated, in a 432-page tome. The stories were previously issued as individual volumes - "Cosmicomics", "t zero", and "Numbers In The Dark" - and are now further expanded with the addition of seven previously un-translated stories. "Primordial beings cavort on the nearby surface of the moon, play marbles with atoms, and bear ecstatic witness to earth's first dawn. Exploring natural phenomena and the origins of the universe, these beloved tales relate complex scientific concepts to our common sensory and emotional world" (Publisher's blurb). "It's a joy to have all the 'Cosmicomics' within one cover. A landmark in fiction, the work of a great master" (Ursula K. Le Guin). The Italian Master was first introduced to the Anglo-American world by Gore Vidal, who wrote that "Calvino does what very few writers can do: He describes imaginary worlds with the most extraordinary precision and beauty". "Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us" (John Updike). An absolute "must-have" title for Italo Calvino collectors. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Advance Reader's Edition (ARC) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ITALO CALVINO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $20.00

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