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t zero (1967) [Collection]
by Italo Calvino Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Qfwfq, the protean hero of Cosmicomics dexterously moving through time and space, solar systems and geological eras, takes on a new dimension in these tales. Though keeping to his playful ways, he heightens the sense of linkage between prehuman and present-day experience, the biological depth, as it were, of our species. We meet him as a commuter from New Jersey, juggling the potentialities of a geological happening with the actualities of the scene around him. We see him go over a cliff on a weekend outing, seas becoming blood and blood the sea, in a mixture of modern and immemorial experience. In Paris, Qfwfq falls in love with a freckled girl named Priscilla, in what may be called an intercellular relationship.

In the latter part of the book, Qfwfq drops from view and Calvino takes fiction one bound further into the realm of logic and mathematics. Man, lion, and arrow deal dizzyingly with the time/space problem; a chase with intent to murder during rush-hour traffic traces the ultimately saving method in the madness; cross lovers are further crossed by the crazy pattern of highway driving - and so it goes.


  • Part One: More of Qfwfq
    • The Soft Moon
    • The Origin of the Birds
    • Crystals
    • Blood, Sea
  • Part Two: Priscilla
    • I. Mitosis
    • II. Meiosis
    • III. Death
  • Part Three: t zero
    • t zero
    • The Chase
    • The Night Driver
    • The Count of Monte Cristo

Original title: Ti con zero
Alternative titles: Time and the Hunter
Original languages: Italian


Genre: FictionFantasyLiterary Fantasy
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

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  • Also published as "Time and the Hunter"

Edition #1: t zero

t zero (1969)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: William Weaver
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Time and the Hunter (1993)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330319094
Pages: 160

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t zero (October 4, 1976)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harvest Books
ISBN: 0156924005
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.6 x 0.7 in
Pages: 152

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