Hajar Mahmoud Mahmoud itibaren Nayachak, West Bengal 711410, Hindistan
This playful collection of shorts is a voyage into the surreal realities that constitute Calvino's multiverse. Even though it may fail as great literature, good philosophy or even good humour, something about these cosmicomics makes it work, although I cannot determine quite precisely what. I guess I will forgive anyone significant failures who can conceive of the creation of the universe in the making of tagliatelle.
This book would have been a lot more enjoyable if the authors had taken either a skeptical point of view, a believers' point of view, or tried to write their entire book from a neutral perspective, but unfortunately this book is all over the place. It's the first book I've read that tries to pass a scholarly opinion that the Salem witch hysteria was caused by acutal witchcraft. Which is fine, or even interesting, except that the chapters on seances and mediumship came off as overly skeptical. The rest of the book was rather dry and wholly unremarkable. It was all right, and I got through it (eventually), but I do feel like there is a lot of room for improvement.