At one time, according to Sir George H. Darwin, the Moon was very close to the Earth. Then the tides gradually pushed her far away: the tides that the Moon herself causes in the Earth’s waters, where the Earth slowly loses energy.
I’ve always loved Italo Calvino, and needless to say, the moon has always attracted my attention and excited my imagination in almost magical ways. Last night, after a particularly sad and difficult evening, I was longing for a bit of both and set out in search for a particular short story of his titled “The Distance from the Moon,” part of his Cosmicomics collection. It’s a sad yet beautiful tale of impossible love and loss. I had long since lost the book, and was looking for the text online, when instead I came across this magnificent, animated retelling.
Calvino’s beautiful little story has always resonated with me, and this animation brought it to life. Watch for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
The full text can be found here.
Thank you so much for this. As a parable for love and loss, it is simply perfect.
It is, isn’t it.
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You are welcome!
Oh how I adore Italo Calvino — I will never forget the first time I read “If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler”! Thank you for sharing this.
You’re very welcome. 🙂
Oh joy, another Calvino fan, thank you for sharing this and visiting my blog 🙂
Ah, Calvino! “The noodles I would make for you boys…” Brilliant. How are you at harvesting moon milk?
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A very interesting take on love and loss, indeed. Beyond cartoons, I have never watched an animated retelling, so I very honestly had little to compare it with. I did it enjoy, however, finding there to be both intrigue and poetry of a story well told.
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