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  • Hardcover
  • 132 pages
  • Palomar
  • Italo Calvino
  • Finnish
  • 27 May 2016

About the Author: Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba and grew up in Italy He was a journalist and writer of short stories and novels His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy the Cosmicomics collection of short stories and the novels Invisible Cities and If On a Winter's Night a Traveler His style is not easy to classify; much of his writing has an air reminiscent to th.



10 thoughts on “Palomar

  1. Garima Garima says:

    The thought of a time outside our experience is intolerable Had I met someone like Mr Palomar before reading this book I’d have easily passed him off as just another middle aged man on the verge of senility with nothing better to do with his time or at the most a mad wannabe scientist who realized about his true calling when it was too late with no one interested about his observations or findings But trust Mr Calvino when it comes to make seemingly weak characters strong and one of the most dull situations interesting for his readers The words flown from Calvino’s pen can render an act of staring at a ceiling fan as the most exciting adventure ever known to man however Mr Palomar gives us something wider in scope which enshrouds not only his home or his local market but the whole universe including moon and stars If Calvino won’t talk about celestial bodies then who willThe book is divided into three parts and each part deals with a particular experience which helps Mr Palomar in exploring various events and visuals in order to find answers about the bigger uestions of life Philosophical Enuiry is what it is called? It is but it’s something which carries the Calvinian trademark and gives us a whole new way to indulge in such philosophies without losing interest for a single moment Mr Palomar takes us to a beach where he observes the coming and going of the waves while waiting unsuccessfully for a repetition of a phenomenon and on the same beach he is trying his best about looking or not looking or looking in a most natural and decent way at the naked bosom of a female bather If you want to know how subtly the humor coated with right dose of irony can be used in a most successful fashion in fiction in very few words then read this piece In a similar way Mr Palomar observes love making between tortoises tries to decipher the whistling of birds and makes an attempt in giving words to the silence And when Mr Palomar looks at the sky The words thereof are like music to the ears It makes you fall in love all over again with the stars in the night sky the moon in the afternoon and the beauty of the world around us If the ancients had been able to see it as I see it now Mr Palomar thinks they would have thought they had projected their gaze into the heaven of Plato's ideas or in the immaterial space of the postulates of Euclid; but instead thanks to some misdirection or other this sight has been granted to me who fear it is too beautiful to be true too gratifying to my imaginary universe to belong to the real world But perhaps it is this same distrust of our senses that prevents us from feeling comfortable in the universe Perhaps the first rule I must impose on myself is this stick to what I see Mr Palomar journey further extends to a visit to his local supermarket a zoo in Barcelona Garden of rocks and sand of the Ryoanji of Kyoto in Japan and Ruins of Tula in Mexico He looks he observes he contemplates he draw conclusions but even on viewing the whole world as a museum where there’s hardly any entry charge he’s not able to find a concrete relation of his existence with that of the universe He feels the need of defining every moment every instant of his being and also the need of finding a set pattern in the world which gives him the pleasure of knowing that he has lived his life the way it ought to be lived and the universe exist the way it ought to exist whether Mr Palomar is a part of it or not He is extremely unsure of himself and the gist of the matter is he wants to be at peace with himself the world around him moves in an unharmonious way and he hopes always to find some pattern in it a constant Perhaps because he himself feels that his own advance is impelled by uncoordinated movements of the mind which seem to have nothing to do with one another and are increasingly difficult to fit into any pattern of inner harmonyNow you see Calvino can’t do anything wrong in my eyes With such books I feel like he indulges me a lot and gladly accompany me in my insanity He don’t even have to try to make me smile because his writing which is carried out with a uniue blend of intellect and easiness does that effortlessly It’s fascinating to see the extent of his observational skills and eually fascinating when those observations are given shape in form of words But I’m reluctant in recommending this book to everyone I can vouch for great writing but subject matter might not appeal to all so read it when you want to read a little book with a big heart A person for example reads in adulthood a book that is important for him and it makes him say How could I have lived without having read it and also What a pity I did not read it in my youth Well these statements do not have much meaning especially the second because after he has read that book his whole life becomes the life of a person who has read that book and it is of little importance whether he read it early or late because now his life before that reading also assumes a form shaped by that reading Italo Calvino with Jorge Luis Borges

  2. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    A bit nearsighted absent minded introverted he does not seem to belong temperamentally to that human type generally called an observer And yet it has always happened that certain things – a stone wall a seashell a leaf a teapot – present themselves to him as if asking him for a minute and prolonged attention he starts observing them almost unawares and his gaze begins to run over all the details and is then unable to detach itself I find it almost impossible to pick a favorite among the novels written by Italo Calvino Each time I pick one up I get that big WOW feeling – so this is what it's like to be a true writer and poet capable of turning your world upside down and making you fell like your I suddenly jumped up a couple of points Mr Palomar is a marvelous gem of playful observation of the world that turns itself into a philosophical treatise of what it means to be human in a bewildering yet enchanting universe If it were not for his impatience to reach a complete definitive conclusion of his visual operation looking at waves would be a very restful exercise for him and could save him from neurasthenia heart attack and gastric ulcer And it could perhaps be the key to mastering the world's complexity by reducing it to the simplest mechanism The novel is a series of vignettes at first glance unrelated describing the tribulations of an middle aged middle class family man with a curious habit of being often distracted during his daily activities by ordinary things that demand his undivided attention and lead him to flights of fancy of baroue exuberance A garden philosopher and impromptu poet Mr Palomar teeters on the brink between shower thoughts humour and philosophical essay discovering universal patterns and meaning during his summer vacation at the beach stargazing in the evening tending his small city garden going to the zoo or to foreign countries shopping for meat or for cheesegoing out in society or simply meditating in his easy chair I'm not sure why but his almost obsessive attention to detail makes me think of Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind playing with his food and seeing patterns of a bigger picture Palomar's mind has wandered he has stopped pulling up weeds; he no longer thinks of the lawn he thinks of the universe He is trying to apply to the universe everything he has thought about the lawn The universe as regular and ordered cosmos or as chaotic proliferation The universe perhaps finite but countless unstable within its borders which discloses other universes within itself What is Mr Palomar's secret? What makes him special and why his insights are important? In a modern world that seems interested only in shallow appearances and speed Mr Palomar reminds us of the need to balance sensory input with analysis to bridge western philosophy utilitarian view wit the oriental penchant for contemplation and meditation In a world too crowded with intransigent partisan polemics he stresses the need for an open mind and an eye for diversity Mr Palomar's gaze remains alert available released from all certitude also This is how birds think or at least this is how Mr Palomar thinks imagining himself a bird It is only after you have come to know the surface of things he concludes that you venture to seek what is underneath But the surface is inexhaustible Mr Palomar is not a preacher Most of his revelations are intimate and not so easy to communicate to others His reluctance to embrace a cause or a fashionable trend is a point in his favour in my opinion The uesting mind is concerned with asking the right uestions than with laws written on stone tablets If he sometimes tries to speak up he realizes that all are too intent on the theses they are defending to pay any attention to what he is trying to clarify to himselfThe fact is that he would like not so much to affirm a truth of his own as to ask uestions and he realizes that no one wants to abandon the train of his own discourse to answer uestions that coming from another discourse would necessitate rethinking the same things with other words perhaps ending up on stranger ground far from safe paths What else can I say about Mr Palomar? For me he is probably the closest the author has come to write himself into one of his novels I have noticed this commentary on the art of writing present in other books by Italo Calvino but Palomar has I believe than an inuisitive mind He has the soul the sensibility of the poet of a translator for us mere mortals of the language of waves of blades of grass of a sparrow's flight path of a sweet shop's display window of constellations in the night sky or of obscure antiue bass reliefs He knows he could never suppress in himself the need to translate to move from one language to another from concrete figures to abstract words to weave and re weave a network of analogies Not to interpret is impossible as refraining from thinking is impossible The translation aspect of poetry is to be found in the most surprising places as I have already mentioned but one in particular a visit to a Toltec pyramid made me press the highlight button on my reader The teacher says This is the wall of serpents Each serpent has a skull in his mouth We don't know what they meanMr Palomar's friend cannot contain himself Yes we do It's the continuity of life and death; the serpents are life the skulls are death Life is life because it bears death with it and death is death because there is no life without death One of the sketches reminds me strongly of Julio Cortazar and his Axolotl story we may look at the world but the world is also looking back at us Palomar goes to see an albino gorilla in a zoo From it he can have a glimpse of what for man is the search for an escape from the dismay of living investing oneself in things recognizing oneself in signs transforming the world into a collection of symbols; a first daybreak of culture in the long biological night The spectacle of the outside world is a source of never ending wonder for Mr Palomar much better than television in his opinion There is no cure for curiosity says one of my favorite Goodreads uotes but curiosity is just the first step on the road to illumination Translation interpretation analogy synthesis should be companions of mere observation if we are to learn anything from experience The choice between television and gecko is not always made without some hesitation each of the two spectacles has some information to offer that the other does not provide the television ranges over continents gathering luminous impulses that describe the visible face of things; the gecko on the other hand represents immobile concentration and the hidden side the obverse of what is displayed to the eye So towards the end of this funny yet very serious novel Mr Palomar turns his uesting eye inward and towards abstract thought patterns We can know nothing about what is outside us if we overlook ourselves the universe is the mirror in which we contemplate only what we have learned to know in ourselvesAnd thus this new phase of his itinerary in search of wisdom is also achieved Finally his gaze can rove freely inside himself What will he see? Will his inner world seem to him an immense calm rotation of a luminous spiral? Will he see stars and planets navigating in silence on the parabolas and ellipses that determine character and destiny? Will he contemplate a sphere of infinite circumference that has the ego as its center and its center in every point? Highest recommendation

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Palomar Mr Palomar Italo CalvinoMr Palomar is a 1983 novel by the Italian writer Italo Calvino Its original Italian title is Palomar In an interview with Gregory Lucente Calvino stated that he began writing Mr Palomar in 1975 making it a predecessor to earlier published works such as If on a winter's night a traveler Mr Palomar was published in an English translation by William Weaver in 1985تاریخ نخستین خوانش شانزدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2012 میلادیعنوان آقای پالومار؛ ایتالو کالوینو؛ مترجم آرزو اقتداری؛ تهران، کتاب خورشید، 1389، در 131 ص؛ شابک 9789647081801؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایتالیایی قرن 20 ماین داستان نخستین بار با عنوان «دو داستان در یک کتاب آقای پالومار و نوه چنتو» در سال 1377 در 220 ص تهران، انتشارات موسسه ایران؛ منتشر شده است البته که داستان دوم اثر الساندرو بریکو هستکالوینو این داستان خویش را در این جمله خلاصه کرده «مردی برای نیل به آگاهی گام به گام به راه می‏افتد امّا هنوز به آن نرسیده است»؛ نقل از متن وقت شنای غروب آقای پالومار است؛ وارد آب شده از ساحل دور می‏شود؛ انعکاس خورشید در آب، شمشیر درخشانی می‏شود که در افق امتداد می‏یابد و به او می‏رسد آقای پالومار در درون شمشیر شنا می‏کند و به عبارتی، شمشیر همیشه مقابل او قرار دارد، هرچند که با حرکت دست آقای پالومار خود را عقب می‏کشد و از صید ‏شدن می‏گریزد پایان نقل ا شربیانی

  4. Michael Michael says:

    This is a sprightly and accessible tour of the mind of an ordinary man on a uest to see the world in simpler truer terms and thereby reduce his anxiety with its confusion and paradoxes In a series of 27 vignettes he takes his common experience from the natural and human world as a series of problems in looking and interpreting the nature of reality These little episodes or essays sometimes have the flavor of whimsy sometimes of spiritual mediation and other times of what you could be considered natural language philosophy The character often seems brave in his dedication and other times foolish for proceeding with no attempt at recourse to accomplishments of scientists and philosophers For some reason Calvino put the table of contents and information about a pattern to its segments at the back of the book Maybe he expects the reader will get a special pleasure from discovering that on his own Thus in simplified terms I say only that a prospective reader should expect a progression with each three vignettes from a perceptual issue to one concerned with human meanings and symbols and ending with one that focuses on an abstract topic dealing with time the cosmos or relations between the self and the world Settings for the reveries are diverse including the beach on vacation his garden and terrace in Rome a trip to the zoo shopping for food in Paris a visit to a Zen garden in Japan and a stop with tourists at an archeological site with carvings related to human sacrifice in Mexico In most cases he ends with lessons learned about the contrasting realities of different perspectives and the challenges in harmonizing the relativity of truth In one of my favorite pieces he experiences while swimming at dusk the a sword of light sparkling in the water that moves with him “This is a special homage the sun pays to me personally” Mr Palomar is tempted to think or rather the egocentric megalomaniac ego that dwells in him is tempted to think But the depressive and self wounding ego that dwells with the other in the same container rebuts “Everyone with eyes sees the reflection that follows him; illusion of the senses and of the mind holds us all prisoners always” A third tenant a even handed ego speaks up “This means that no matter what I belong to the feeling and thinking subjects capable of establishing a relationship with the sun’s rays and of interpreting and evaluating perceptions and illusions “All this is happening not on the sea but in the sun” the swimmer MrPalomar thinks but inside my head in the circuits between eyes and brain I am swimming in my mind; this sword of light exists only there; and this is precisely what attracts me This is my element The only one I can know in some way”That may be a little abstract and dreamy for your taste though I believe most of us have experienced a comparable satori without putting it in words In one of the pieces I like that sheds light on human elements he touched my heart over his innocence and the lonely isolation he is putting himself into In this one he is dwelling on the possible meanings of the two note calls of blackbirds to each other and the potential significance of the silence between calls He recognizes how the telegraphic utterances between him and his wife she says “Here they are” and he follows with “Sshh” may share a lot of comparable hidden meanings As usual he has no easy summary of the knowledge he gains from his efforts The eual whistle of man and blackbird seems to him a bridge thrown over the abyssbetween what and what? Nature and culture? Silence and speech? MrPalomar always hopes that silence contains than language can say But what if language was really the goal toward which everything in existence tends? Or what if everything that exists were language and has been since the beginning of time? Here Mr Palomar is again gripped by anguishAs an example on one of his whimsical pieces a visit to a Paris cheese shop has him torn between wanting to taste everything and the urge to home exactly the cheese that somehow is his alone Each one seems the “legacy of a knowledge accumulated by a civilization through all its history and geography” I empathize with this reflection There is a reciprocal relationship between cheese and customer each cheese awaits its customer poses so as to attract him with a firmness or somewhat hauty graininess or on the contrary by melting in submissive abandonToward the end he begins to uestion his own enterprise The looking at the world through the windows of his eyes as a source of true knowledge is undermined by his own mind being part of that world And the uncertain veracity of the world looking at the world depends on his choice of what to look at and the timing of the looking Looking at the stars uplifts him with a sense of infinite space and timelessness but renders his own life as insignificant An epiphany about connectedness of it all leads him to the absurdity that a compression in the Andromeda Galaxy might influence the freshness of his watercress Still it seems clear that knowledge of the larger reality depends on knowledge of his own self and that he needs to learn to be social to achieve the ease of special people who always seem to know the right things to say and be able to help others do the same They seem to truly be in harmony with the world “To the man who is the friend of the universe the universe is a friend” By comparison “everything he says or does proves clumsy jarring irresolute” and in turn comforts of looking at the starry sky begins to acuire the perspective of a “stalled mechanism which jerks and creaks in all its unoiled joints outposts of and endangered universe twisted restless as he is He turns to the ultimate task of imagining the harmony of being dead an ultimate irony for Mr Palomar’s admirable uest and suitable conclusion to this elegant parable about the human journey

  5. Nate D Nate D says:

    Calvino's bittersweet final novel a series of reflections on humanity's relationship to the universe to the world to itself Mr Palomar named of a telescope is a perfect observer always alert and alert to his own alertness seeking a maximum of receptivity to his surroundings attempting with a modest diligence to make sense of existence The uestion of how best to do this is of course complicated its nuances broken in so many sub examples compose this book Encyclopedic and rigorously structured in a 3 x 3 x 3 lattice Mr Palomar and his musings are nonetheless much human than mechanical In fact fact this may be Calvino's most unrestrainedly philosophic work As the trajectory moves slowly from exterior to interior and from observation to introspection we also move from the minutia of daily life to a uietly cosmic scale in the face of which there is little place for grand statements or gestures for what could the real significance of such a motion be in the face of the entire universe? But even the universe is ultimately finite in breadth and length And so there is an endpoint to all contemplation to this book and sadly two years after this was published in 1983 to the life of Italo Calvino

  6. Tony Tony says:

    Mr Palomar as the name suggests is an observant soul When he goes on vacation to the beach he contemplates a wave thoroughly He notices a woman sunbathing topless and strolls back and forth in front of her trying out different postures to appear not to be observing her She is ultimately not amused He then waits till the sun starts to sink and observes himself dive in and knife toward the horizonHe observes his lawn an albino gorilla a gecko He Calvino is at his best when Mr Palomar observes two blackbirds whistling maybe at each other at the same time that Mrs Palomar starts chirping at him a juxtaposition I am half acuainted withHe looks upwards to the stars the planets as he surely must and eventually looks at his own deathThis is often profound but sometimes trite and as the picture on the cover of my edition suggests can be a little creepy at times

  7. Ben Winch Ben Winch says:

    I came to Calvino late As a curiousvoracious young adult I read If on a winter’s night a traveller thought it pointless and aside from fragments didn’t try him again for twenty years The density the language the playful intellectualness – none of that was the problem But I was a Borges fan and I demanded some heartshock with my mindgames – some dizzying vertigo or glimpse of the abyss Whether in other works Calvino offers this I can’t say since my two decades hiatus I’ve read only Mr Palomar and a few stories from his much earlier Adam One Afternoon which seemed empty and over slick and almost put me off all over again But perhaps owing to my mellowing with middle age I realise the fear and trembling stemming from Poe through Kafka to Borges is not the be all and end all – that in light of my recent love affair with his younger countryman Antonio Tabucchi Calvino’s – at least in Mr Palomar – is in some ways a perfect temperament for me so long as he’s balanced with grittier writers to offset his arch impersonality Reasons Mr Palomar suits my current state of mind1 It’s a travel book by an author who isn’t travelling Or let’s say he’s travelling – to and from the shops to the zoo to the beach – but with the gaze of a visitor a stranger which makes of even his stepping outside to the garden a minor revelation2 It’s a meditation It tempts us not like PoeKafkaBorges to search in dreams and fantasy for paradox but to find it here in the everyday “‘It is only after you have come to know the surface of things’ he concludes ‘that you venture to seak what is underneath But the surface is inexhaustible’” 3 It’s a writing guide a series of exercises a catalogue It bears testament to no extraordinary life of any kind save the special skill in looking and describing of its author Like the late works of Beckett it shows what can be cultivated in a void at least as that term “void” applies to common forms of inspiration Characters? Barely Plot? None “Drama” stemming from “experience” in the histrionicmelodramatic sense? Not at all It makes of growing old of “losing the fire” of pottering in the garden – of all these things a virtueAll of this I need to hear and see and believe right now when my young man’s wander and experience lust is no longer something I can integrate into my chosen lifestyle That Mr Palomar is also episodic discontinuous made of 20 27 to be exact – 9x3 miniature fragments which speak to and enhance each other but are nevertheless self contained – that too suits my current state of mind With 12 never than 12 – that way lies madness part finished books piled by my bedside Mr Palomar is a powerful anchor always reliable its 27 prongs gripping deep into what is actual To inhabit only its world might be a trial even suffocating This is a book for in between states for “also” moments I’m reading Emma Tennant Danilo Kis Karapanou’s The Sleepwalker and also Mr Palomar But in that “also” is the distinction of the other In the world of books too Mr Palomar is a stranger One of a kind

  8. Emma Emma says:

    I had to read this for university and I must say I uite enjoyed it The book is composed by a variety of observations and reflections made by the protagonist Palomar Some of them definitely offered me some insightful and interesting topics to think aboutEven though I prefer other works by Calvino I still recommend this book

  9. L.S. Popovich L.S. Popovich says:

    Mr Palomar Calvino mentions elsewhere is another one of his literary exercises It is not as fascinating or developed as Cosmicomics or Winter's Night but a worthwhile read Mr Palomar observes various phenomena draws cosmic and personal connections and then moves on He is a mouthpiece or a device for the author than a character The observations are astute and freuently fascinating though disconnected arbitrary and exotic Whether he is examining the sunset or an albino gorilla our narrator always has a skewed and charming perspective There is less knowledge and humor and pathos in these contrived scenesAn enjoyable languorous atmosphere beset with gem like set pieces A metaphorical journey through the mind of a literary master and polished than his other books of reminiscencesThis is still a minor work of slight literary interest and I would recommend The Cloven Viscount or Nonexistent Knight for those new to the author

  10. James Tingle James Tingle says:

    I finally finished reading Calvino's Our Ancestors the other month and enjoyed that uite a bit all three pieces contained in that volume had their own merits particularly The Baron in the Trees That was very much a book about classic storytelling with a modern day fairy tale vibe going on whereas Mr Palomar is totally different This little sliver of a book is not really a novel or even a novella at all and is rather a solitary man's varied musings collected together and linked up almost in a journal type structure Instead of a standard fictional journal however Mr Palomar tends to sit around or wander about aimlessly happily philosophising and coming up with abstract theories about everyday phenomenon He's not the type to harp on about a nice chat he had at the market with old Doris about the scandalous price of haddock or wonder why the bus to town is always latehe thinks a bit outside the box and seems to be in a pleasant little world of his own He may be at the beach idly wondering about the waves entranced by their peaks and troughs or sat in his garden carefully observing the birds and wondering how exactly they communicate'Look at Palomar away with the fairies again' a teacher will have probably said to him at school at some time if we can imagine him in his formative years for a momentIf you are looking for a gripping story and adventure and thrills this isn't your book but if you want a nice gentle reflective kind of read with some interesting ideas to mull over that won't take long to get through then give old Palers a go

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