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იტალიურიდან თარგმნა დარეჯან კიკოლიაშვილმა იტალო კალვინოს 1923 1985 ”უხილავი ქალაქები” ცნობილი პოსტმოდერნისტული ნაწარმოებია რომელშიც გადმოცემულია მარკო პოლოს წარმოსახვითი საუბრები ყუბილაი ყაენთანსახე. A five star reviewI hate flying The claustrophobia of it So usually when I return to Italy after visiting London I catch the train to Paris and then the night train to Venice That s my little extravagance I catch the night train to Venice and not Florence for one moment The moment of walking out of the station of Santa Lucia and beholding the Grand Canal I sit on the steps and let all the activity on the canal wash through me I m not sure why this moment means so much to me It s not a moment I can or even want to explain I remember a line from a novel I read where a character gazing out at the Grand Canal says I keep wondering when all this will happen to me Perhaps that s it Venice articulates some deep desire we all have or evokes a memory of something that has never uite happened Reading this for a second time is a bit like visiting Venice for a second time A little bit of the magic fades but in compensation you notice lots of wonders you missed the first time I read it in English this time Now and again the writing seemed a bit clunky The inferno of the living is not something that will be if there is one it is what is already here That if there is one is a bit of an eyesore But it s no less clunky in Italian L inferno dei viventi non ualcosa che sar se ce n uno you can t blame the translator for translating it word for word instead of trying to improve the fluency of Calvino s prose This is probably the greatest book ever written about tourism about the urge to escape the confines of where we live Essentially Marco Polo is a tourist And we all as tourists need an audience to show the images of our travels to Kublai Khan is the audience the vicarious tourist He s also a warlord and by inference every warlord intent on conuering new territory is a tourist and every tourist is a warlord in embryo We all want to conuer new lands We re all hungry for new discoveries new exotic possessions But we all eventually have to go home Calvino is constantly making the point that every city is essentially what we bring to it He s brilliant at capturing the deep division of perspective between the tourist and long term inhabitant Florentines are famous for never looking at the city s monuments It s become how they distinguish themselves from the tourist They turn a blind eye They stare at their phones while walking across Piazza della Signoria Venice has almost been turned into a romance theme park it s called upon to provide a standard collection of microwaved emotions as efficiently as an atm provides cash One of the wonders of Venice now is the people who live there You need them to understand something of the true nature of the city To get behind the postcard fa ade There are times when it s much rewarding to watch a man bump a barrow down the steps of a nondescript bridge than gaze blankly at the fa ade of San Marco Sometimes it s these kinds of details that bring a place alive for us Calvino s deployment of these telling details is probably this book s most stellar achievement and what makes it such a joy to read An alternative four star review Calvino is one of the sacred cows of literature He s one of those writers who we re tempted to pretend to like than we really do like Proust and Joyce for fear of revealing some intellectual inadeuacy Interestingly for me Virginia Woolf still isn t one of these scared cows When people don t like Woolf they have of a license to vent their scorn It still hasn t been officially recognised that Woolf is a great writer by men at any rate Often when there s a list of the best novels ever written Woolf won t feature at all or if she does it ll be her lesser but easier books like Mrs Dalloway or A Room of One s Own that makes the list To be fair her genius is recognised in Italy and France it s in the UK she tends to divide opinion So Invisible Cities vs The Waves Invisible Cities is absolutely brilliant and inspired for the first fifty pages But then it wanes a bit gets a bit repetitive Seems odd to say about a book of only 145 pages but might it have been better had it been a bit shorter The contents page has the appearance of some mathematical formula like a star map so perhaps there s some hidden genius in the design of this book But if there is I didn t get it and nor did anyone else judging by the few reviews I ve read It felt to me like the number of invisible cities we get was random and some were uninspired If you took a single page out of The Waves it would collapse You could take ten pages out of Invisible Cities without it being noticed Also now and again Calvino is perhaps guilty of the kind of vacuous platitudes you ll find strewn throughout the pages of The Alchemist Falsehood is never in words it is in things That kind of thing Looks great if you skim read it becomes only a half truth if you stop to think about it So for me The Waves wins over Invisible Cities in a heavyweight wrestling match Back to tourismOnce upon a time the world was getting smaller Now it s getting bigger again as terrorism creates and no go areas You could say terrorism is a war on tourism It s diminishing one of the biggest cultural phenomenon of our times That s probably the most significant change terrorism is making to the world It s making us think twice about travelling I watched a heartbreaking report from Aleppo last night a once magical town that none of us will ever see again How long before it becomes one of Calvino s Invisible Cities

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Le città invisibili

ლგანთქმული მოგზაური უამრავ ზღაპრულ მხარეს აღუწერს ყაენს და ქმნის ფანტასტიკურ სურათებს უცნაური ქალაქებისა სადაც ქუჩები კალითაა მოკირწყლული შენობებს ვერცხლის გუმბათები ამშვენებს სასახლეებს კი ზღვი?. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree Where Alph the sacred river ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea Samuel Taylor Coleridge Kubla KhanThere are a countless number of cities but the most mysterious are those that we build in our imagination Marco Polo arrives and he tells Kublai Khan about ghostly cities he visited during his journeys Marco enters a city he sees someone in a suare living a life or an instant that could be his he could now be in that man s place if he had stopped in time long ago or if long ago at a crossroads instead of taking one road he had taken the opposite one and after long wandering he had come to be in the place of that man in that suare By now from that real or hypothetical past of his he is excluded he cannot stop he must go on to another city where another of his pasts awaits him or something perhaps that had been a possible future of his and is now someone else s present Futures not achieved are only branches of the past dead branches Cities are filled with memories pleasant and sad Cities are full of signs explicit and obscure Cities are laden with moods exultant and nostalgic Cities are packed with goods necessary and trashy Cities are fraught with the dead past and they brim with the alive present With cities it is as with dreams everything imaginable can be dreamed but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or its reverse a fear Cities like dreams are made of desires and fears even if the thread of their discourse is secret their rules are absurd their perspectives deceitful and everything conceals something else Whatever we seek wherever we search we re just looking for our true inner self

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? ნიჟარებით ინკრუსტირებული ხვეული კიბეები აქვთ სადაც გარეგნობითა თუ ქცევით უცნაური ადამიანები ცხოვრობენ თუმცა თვისებებით ჩვეულებრივი ადამიანებისაგან არ განსხვავდებიან სერია ”დიოგენეს ბიბლიოთეკა”. 350 Le citta invisibili Invisible Cities Italo CalvinoInvisible Cities is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino It was published in Italy in 1972 The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer Marco Polo The book is framed as a conversation between the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire and Polo The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities that are narrated by Polo many of which can be read as parables or meditations on culture language time memory death or the general nature of human experience Over the nine chapters Marco describes a total of fifty five cities all women s names The cities are divided into eleven thematic groups of five each Cities Memory Cities Desire Cities Signs Thin Cities Trading Cities Cities Eyes Cities Names Cities the Dead Cities the Sky Continuous Cities Hidden Cities 2003 1368 152 1381 152 9647425163 20 1388 206 9789647081733 1389 1392 1391 152 9789643517960 216 1368 1981 1972


10 thoughts on “Le città invisibili

  1. says:

    A five star reviewI hate flying The claustrophobia of it So usually when I return to Italy after visiting London I catch the train to Paris and then the night train to Venice That’s my little extravagance I catch the night train to Venice and not Florence for one moment The moment of walking out of the statio

  2. says:

    Invisible Cities; Imagined Lives Marco Polo was a dreamer He had great ambitions wanting to be a traveller a writer and a favored courtier He wanted to live in the lap of luxury in his lifetime and in the best illustrated pages of history later But he could only be a dreamer and never much Was it good enough? He never travelled anywhere and spent his life dreaming away in his Venice and is remembered to this day as the greatest explorer

  3. says:

    Marco Polo Now I shall tell you of the beautiful city of Nottingham where the buildings are made mostly of blue glass onyx and sausagemeat The men of the city trade in fur spices and photographs of each other with their respective spouses All the men have large phalluses sometimes so large they must cut pieces out of the tops of their front

  4. says:

    Heidi Whitman Brain Terrain I have not read Marco Polos’s Journeys but I could imagine what he has written Had I read it I also would have had to imagine what he had written Same verbs different tensesAs I am sitting on a

  5. says:

    “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure dome decree Where Alph the sacred river ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea” Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Kubla KhanThere are a countless number of cities but the most mysterious are those that we build in our imagination Marco Polo arriv

  6. says:

    The photo is of new and old Shanghai photographed by Greg Girard in 2000 source chronologically euidistant between my two visits there It is and maybe always has been a city of contrasting uneual parts and pairs like many of the Invisible Cities“ Each man bears in his mind a city made only of differences”ListenI’ve been eavesd

  7. says:

    It's easy to describe what 'Invisible Cities' is not rather than what it is as it's really very difficult to ascertain which category it can be put into; it neither has a clear plot nor characters are developed as they normally are it can't be called a novel or collection of stories can't be put in any one gen

  8. says:

    This a litany of cities 55 obviously fictitious exuisitely described by Marco Polo to the great Mongol emperor Kublai Khan he is understandably dubious Imagination flows gently through the words of Marco Polo at the grand royal palace in Beijing towns nobody seen let alone accept The renowned traveler enjoys visiting new places some very beautifully chronicled by him these settlements but with a touch of creativity whi

  9. says:

    350 Le citta invisibili‬‬ Invisible Cities Italo CalvinoInvisible Cities is a novel by Italian writer Italo Calvino It was published in Italy in 1972 The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer Marco Polo The book is framed as a conversation between the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of hi

  10. says:

    TheoriesOne could easily declare that the protagonists of this book are the cities which are different versions of the same city that doesn’t really exist only maybe in the writer’s mind Either Venice or Paris Calvino’s cities are a trip through imagination to lives never had doors never opened people never metSomeone else might appoint the reader as the real protagonist of Calvino’s book for he becomes the tra

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