Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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AuthorItalo Calvino
TitleInvisible Cities
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Submitted by chanio 
(Jul 28, 2005)

Cities & Memory - 2

When a man rides a long time through wild regions, he feels the desire for a city. Finally he comes to Isidora, a city where the buildings have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells, where perfect telescopes and violins are made, where the foreigner hesitating between two women always encounters a third, where cockfights degenerate into bloody brawls among the bettors. He was thinking of all these things when he desired a city. Isidora, therefore, is the city of his dreams: with one difference. The dreamed-of city contained him as a young man: he arrives at Isidora in his old age. In the square there is the wall where the old men sit and watch the young go by; he is seated in a row with them. Desires are already memories.

Invisible Cities ~by Italo Calvino

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