I love Calvino. I can think of no other writer who can spin a story that has neither plot nor standard characters and yet still give you that soul-thrill of having read a bit of undiluted (if strange) truth. T-ZERO is experimental, even by Calvino's odd-junky standards. A cell narrates the process of mitosis, and the difficulty of loving when there is no absolute, total way to KNOW the beloved. Other stories examine the relationship of time to cause and effect and, yes, Calvino leaves it to the reader to choose either the man or the lion. Prisoners attempt to escape a mutating, hallucinogenic stockade, a man is pursued (or pursuer) in a mathematical allegory set in a traffic jam, and inhuman, pre-historic, pre-life sentients chase the perfect crystals as the Earth forms. The most beautiful stories are in the opening section, MORE OF QFWQF. The story THE SOFT MOON is amazing, but if you read nothing else by Calvino read BLOOD, SEA. The closing paragraph is an inspired culmination of emotional impact. It is perfect, even in translation. Go forth, my friends, and enjoy the wonders of T-ZERO.