Un’ipotesi di sublime nel Giappone di Italo Calvino

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] A sublime hypothesis in Japan by Italo Calvino

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay proposes to retrace the journey in Japan made by Italo Calvino at the end of 1976. In the correspondence sent from those places for the «Corriere della Sera», later merged into the Sand Collection (1984), the author seems to sketch a theory of the sublime on the basis of two very distant readings: an introduction by Andrea Zanzotto to Petrarch's Canzoniere and the volumes on Zen Buddhism by Dr. Daisetsu Suzuki, read during his Parisian years. One article in particular, The Bitter Wealth of Kyoto Villas, allows Calvino to think about literature as a space other than reality: a mental garden, born of desire and together with injustice, privilege. The intellectual approaches the sublime through a constant relationship with the limit: only by canceling the hubbub of history and even himself can he achieve the lightness necessary to imagine a new humanity.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] A sublime hypothesis in Japan by Italo Calvino
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationSublime e antisublime nella modernità
EditorsMarina Paino, Dario Tomasello
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Calvino
  • Collection of Sand
  • Collezione di sabbia
  • Giappone
  • Italian Literature
  • Japan
  • Letteratura italiana
  • Modernity
  • Modernità
  • Novecento
  • Petrarca
  • Petrarch
  • Sublime
  • Suzuki
  • Twentieth Century
  • Zanzotto


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