on «la Lettura» the «Atlante» by Italo Calvino- Corriere.it

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Literary criticism and data visualization come together in a project that allows you to explore the work of a great twentieth century author, Italo Calvino in an unprecedented way: a web platform, theAtlas Calvin, which is covered in a large special in the new issue of La Lettura, # 498, available in preview on Saturday 12 in the App for smartphones and tablets (downloadable from the App Store and Google Play), and from Sunday 13 on newsstands.

The cover of Lettura # 498, by the artistic duo Kings

The project conceived and directed by Professor Francesca Serra of the University of Geneva, while Michele Mauri, scientific director of the DensityDesign laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano, directs the design activities. In the article by Alessia Rastelli the platform is illustrated (https://atlantecalvino.unige.ch/): not a database but an open and interactive container, which allows to analyze in a different way, outside the box, the 215 texts of Calvino’s narrative corpus, through three main reading paths: Doubt, Space and Form. An example of experimentation in Digital Humanities, a research field that combines the humanities and computer sciences. The first of 4 paper views taken from the Atlas have also been published on La Lettura (the others will be published in the insert once a month, until September): a map in which all of Calvino’s works become islands and archipelagos, and which highlights the author’s work, the length of the texts, their editorial history and so on. The Theme of the Day in the App, the digital-only extra newspaper, signed by Francesca Serra herself, is also dedicated to the project.


The App de la Lettura – distinct from that of the Corriere in which the cultural insert is still available from Saturday – also offers the archive of all the issues of the supplement from 2011 to today: about 30 thousand articles that can be explored with a advanced search by date, theme, author and specific content categories (visual data, graphic novel, artist covers, rankings). Those who wish also receive notifications from the editorial staff. And the weekly newsletter of the insert, which arrives via email on Friday (you can also subscribe from here), and remains accessible via the web for a week. The price of the subscription to the App de la Lettura of € 3.99 per month or 39.99 per year, with a free week. Furthermore, for those who subscribe, all the contents of the App can also be reached from the desktop, starting from this page (from which it is also possible to start the subscription). The App can be given as a gift by purchasing a Gift Card in Librerie.coop or from here.

Returning to the new issue, there are many author’s texts: among these, the stories of the Spanish Manuel Vilas and the French Emmanuel Carrre (both expected at the Taobuk festival, in Taormina from 17 to 21 June). Vilas’s tale (to his poems by Love, Guanda, also dedicated an article by Paolo Lepri), the tasty account of a stay in Paris in the days of the lockdown: locked in his room, hungry, the writer indulges in a banquet of music, and the songs become dishes. In Carrre’s story (of which Adelphi has recently published Yoga), the author proposes a reading of Ovid’s Metamorphoses: an essay that begins during his stay in Provence with his girlfriend but turns into much more, passing through a quotation of his own by Calvino, entering the bakery of the Provencal country, visiting the enigma of Ovid and his exile, and traveling between the literary history of Europe and today’s book rankings.

The Reading also explores various topics related to the pandemic crisis, such as the need for international coordination of research and health policies: the issue opens with a conversation, edited by Antonio Carioti, in which the economist Massimo Florio, who proposed the establishment of an organization linked to European Union involving governments, scientists and industry, talks with the pharmaceutical entrepreneur Sergio Domp and with Giuseppe Remuzzi, director of the Mario Negri Institute. Also, getting out of lockdown season sets in motion a series of reactions. Frenzy, desires, dreams. Themes that also prompt various reviews of this phase (Turin spirituality, Philosophy Festival in Rome, Le conversazioni di Capri, the Belgrade Biennale …). La Lettura delves into these moods with 6 pages and articles by Carlo Bordoni, Marco Ventura, Vincenzo Trione. A preview arrived on Friday 11 to the readers of the newsletter of the insert. Newsletter that is emailed every Friday and to which you can subscribe from corriere.it/newsletter. Subscribers to the insert App also receive it, which is visible for one week starting from abbonamenti.corriere.it (then clicking on Access contents).

June 11, 2021 (change June 11, 2021 | 21:23)

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