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on memory and cities: from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

And Polo said: “Every time I describe a city I am saying something about Venice.”

“When I ask about other cities, I want to hear about them. 128 more words


stones, arches, bridges: a repost from Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.

“But which is the stone that supports the bridge?” Kublai Khan asks.

“The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,” Marco answers, “but by the line of the arch that they form.” 41 more words


from Conversations in Sicily by Elio Vittorini

Then, as I was waiting, I saw a kite come up over the valley, and I followed it with my eyes as it passed above me into the sunlight high overhead, and I asked myself why, after all, the world was not… 96 more words


Movable Types

I’d spotted Giovanni Verga a few months before Christmas: he has three stories in Volume II of Hammerton’s The World’s Thousand Best Stories (and also the useful fact that they give only his date of birth, setting the timing of the publication before his death in 1922, a decade earlier than I’d previously guessed). 619 more words


Capri, amore a prima vista!

Credo sia stato il posto più bello che io abbia mai visto qui in Italia. Capri è un insieme di emozioni che scopri visitando questa meravigliosa isola.   65 more words