Rhizomatic Cities in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities

Sambit Panigrahi
2018 Quaderni d'Italianistica  
Italo Calvino's highly successful novel Invisible Cities thoroughly explains Deleuze and Guattari's famous postmodern concept of rhizome. The cities in the novel do not possess a fixed and coherent structure; rather they exude a structurality that is immensely fleeting and continually evolving. Calvino's novel Invisible Cities which ironically precedes Deleuze and Guattari's book A Thousand Plateaus clearly demonstrates the defining characteristic features of rhizome through the unusual and
more » ... ingly incomprehensible structure of the individual cities. There have been scanty critical responses in the past regarding the rhizomatic behavior of Calvino's cities, despite an extraordinary abundance of critical works existing on Calvino's writing. The rhizomatic patterns of Calvino's cities, it is believed by the author, need further critical attention. Rhizome, through its perpetually unstable structural modeling, perhaps most effectively demonstrates our utterly disarrayed postmodern condition of existence where any desired structural stability and coherence is a virtual impossibility, and of this trait, Calvino's cities in the said novel are the principal demonstrators. Based on these precepts, this article intends to analyze how Calvino's cities in the novel, with their perpetual and immense structural variabilities, exude before the readers a typical postmodern world that wholesomely discards the very idea of structural coherence and stability.
doi:10.33137/q.i..v38i1.31158 fatcat:ap2g4cj6p5flbgfuuyqq7oeary