Tuesday, 25 March 2014
homage to italo calvino
One of my favorite books of all time is a slim masterpiece by Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities. In this book, the aged Kublai Khan, the emperor of the Tartars, listens as Marco Polo describes the cities he has visited in his wide travels through the empire. The cities are very strange, their descriptions are prose poetry, and they have names that sound like the names of women: Zenobia, Eutropia, Beersheba, Isaura...
The clouds are from a photograph by Rebecca Resinski. The quotation is from Invisible Cities, translated from the Italian by William Weaver.