This is my review of Six Memos for the New Millennium by Italo Calvino.
This is not a novel, but a series of lectures by Calvino that have been compiled into a book.
This review has been in my Drafts box for way too long, so it’s going to be a lot less detailed than it could be, sorry!
Each lecture describes in detail a characteristic of literary fiction that adds value to storytelling or technique. Lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity… and, tragically, Calvino died before he was able to deliver the final lecture. The lectures are peppered with specific examples and critique of works by various authors, which really helps understand the value of each characteristic.
As an armchair reader (heh) without any formal education in literature, I’m sure I missed a lot of the subtlety; it’s also not targeted at amateur authors, moreso towards the Nobel laureates among us.
4/5 for giving me a new way to appreciate the fiction I read.