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The University of Notre Dame Language, the Other, and God: On Italo Calvino's Last Novels Author(s): Richard Grigg Reviewed work(s): Source: Religion & Literature, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 49-65 Published by: The University of Notre Dame Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40059354 . Accessed: 28/02/2012 06:13 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. The University of Notre Dame is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Religion & Literature. http://www.jstor.org LANGUAGE,THE OTHER, AND GOD: ON ITALO CALVINO'SLAST NOVELS Richard Grigg unum its reversemight well sum up Calvino'sapproach and "Epluribus to our condition,"concludes Gore Vidal in his remembranceof Italian novelist Italo Calvino (3). But the manyness and oneness that are at issue in Calvino's fiction are not sociopolitical;they are, rather, ontological, a fact made evident by Calvino's response to the same observation in an earlier essay of Vidal's: I don't know if it really refers to me, but it is true of an ideal literature for each one of us: the end being that every one of us must be, that the writerand reader become one, or One. And to close all of my discourse and yours in a perfect circle, let us say that this One is All. (qtd. in Vidal 8) This quest for the One in the many, which can accuratelybe denoted with Paul Tillich'sphrase, "thedrive towardsthe unity of the separated" (Love25),

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