Lucinda Spera

Calvino and the gods of the city

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Besides his activity as a novelist, this article examines texts and contexts concerning the relationship between architects, urban planners, sociologists and Calvino's theories about the city. This idea of the city, that is the nucleus at the basis of Calvino's complete theoretical considerations, can therefore be inserted within an intellectual framework that reflects the complexity of his cultural horizons. The starting point can be dated back to a text written in 1975, documenting Calvino's contributions to the debate about the city during the seventies, in which the author of this article reconstructs the essential aspects. Finally, special attention is dedicated to the correspondence between the urban conception and the elaboration of the mythical and utopian quality of the city in Calvino.

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