Are chickens going extinct? What is it like to be a white gorilla in Barcelona’s zoo? How threatening can be an ant? And how endangered are humans, in the industrial and capitalist biosphere? Italo Calvino’s Animals: Anthropocene Stories by Serenella Iovino (Cambridge UP) explores Anthropocene animals through the visionary eyes of a classic modern author. In Calvino’s stories, ants, cats, chickens, rabbits, gorillas, and other critters emerge as complex subjects and inhabitants of a world under siege. Beside them, another figure appears in the mirror: that of an anthropos without a capital A, epitome of subaltern humans with their challenges and inequalities, a companion species on the difficult path of co-evolution.
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