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The world is bound with secret knots.
Cloud Cities, Tomás Saraceno. #sfmoma #sculpture #tensile #invisiblecities #cloudcities

Summer reading. I don't know how I've managed to avoid Italo Calvino before this: I was ALWAYS going to love a book called Invisible Cities, and it's even better than the title promises.
#italocalvino #invisiblecities #summerreading #emilyniubooklist

Invisible Cities in the harsh print-shop luminance 🖨💡.
#invisiblecities #happyreading

Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveler recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had and will never have.
#ItaloCalvino #InvisibleCities
‎في المكان الآخر هناك مرآة معتمة، المسافر يميز فيها القليل مما له، ويكتشف الكثير مما ليس له ولن يمتلكه يوما
#إيتالو_كالفينو #مدن_لا_مرئية

Le città invisibili...
#invisiblecities #secretreminder #happy

"The special quality of this city for the visitor who arrives here on a September afternoon is that he feels envy towards those that have once before lived a day similar to this and were happy then."
#Niesa #invisiblecities #calvino #citiesAndMemory

Watched the amazing and articulate Patrisse Cullors @osopepatrisse on the news today countering white supremist representatives. Thank you Patrisse for your courage and aplomb- a centered readiness to stabilize and mobilize under the storm of hate. I will be a stone in the arch that supports true freedom & equality. #blacklivesmatter #resisthate #invisiblecities

Residues of memories & blurred flashbacks.#invisiblecities


"I remember one day the chickens ran away on the street… there was a shop along Essex Street that was selling lights and the chickens went in there. The people working went ‘oh my god, what happens now!’. The chickens were flying everywhere.” Maria from the Capri reminisces about an escapee from the restaurant.
Download the app at www.invisiblecities.com.au to hear more fascinating stories connected to places throughout Fremantle as part of the Invisible Cities Project. We're also still collecting stories so get in touch via the site to share yours! #invisiblecities #fremantlestory #fremantle #freo #freofestival #freostory

Here's one of my favourite studies from my wordless narrative project on Zenobia, the city built on stilts 🌌 #illustration #illustrator #drawing #painting #watercolor #brusho #architecture #city #buildings #italocalvino #invisiblecities #galaxyprint #ink

Invisible Cities in the harsh print-shop luminance 🖨💡.
#invisiblecities #happyreading

From the series 'The Sound of Trees and Stones'

"In vain, great-hearted Kublai, shall I attempt to describe Zaira, city of high bastions. I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and the degree of the arcades' curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past: the height of a lamppost and the distance from the ground of a hanged usurper's swaying feet; the line strung from the lamppost to the railing opposite and the festoons that decorate the course of the queen's nuptial procession; the height of that railing and the leap of the adulterer who climbed over it at dawn; the tilt of a guttering and a cat's progress along it as he slips into the same window; the firing range of a gunboat which has suddenly appeared beyond the cape and the bomb that destroys the guttering; the rips in the fish net and the three old men seated on the dock mending nets and telling each other for the hundredth time the story of the gunboat of the usurper, who some say was the queen's illegitimate son, abandoned in his swaddling clothes there on the dock.

As this wave from memories flows in, the city soaks it up like a sponge and expands. A description of Zaira as it is today should contain all of Zaira's past. The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls." #invisiblecities #invisiblekassel #invisiblezaira #documenta14kassel #documenta14 #parthenonofbooks #bookart #bookstagram #bookholic #parthenonreplica

"Clarice, the glorious city, has a tormented history. Several times it decayed, then burgeoned again, always keeping the first Clarice as an unparalleled model of every splendor, compared to which the city's recent state can only arouse more sighs at every fading of the stars.

In its centuries of decadence, emptied by plagues, it height reduced by collapsing beams and cornices and by shifts of the terrain, rusted and stopped up through neglect or the lack of maintenance men, the city slowly became populated again as the survivors emerged from the basements and lairs, in hordes, swarming like rats, driven by their fury to rummage and gnaw, and yet also to collect and patch, like nesting birds. They grabbed everything that could be taken from where it was and put it in another place to serve a different use: brocade curtains ended up as sheets; in marble funerary urns they planted basil; wrought-iron gratings torn from the harem windows were used for roasting cat-meat on fires of inlaid wood. Put together with odd bits of the useless Clarice, a survivors' Clarice was taking shape, all huts and hovels, festering sewers, rabbit cages. And yet, almost nothing was lost of Clarice's former splendor; it was all there, merely arranged in a different order, no less appropriate to the inhabitants' needs than it had been before.

The days of poverty were followed by more joyous times: a sumptuous butterfly-Clarice emerged from the beggared chrysalis-Clarice. The new abundance made the city overflow with new materials, buildings, objects; new people flocked in from outside; nothing, no one had any connection with the former Clarice, or Clarices. And the more the new city settled triumphantly into the place and the name of the first Clarice, the more it realized it was moving away from it, destroying it no less rapidly than the rats and the mold. Despite its pride in its new wealth, the city, at heart, felt itself incongruous, alien, a usurper." ... #invisiblecities #invisibleclarice #invisibleparis #sciencevsreligion #steampunk

"De uma cidade, não aproveitamos as suas sete ou setenta e sete maravilhas, mas sim a resposta que esta dá as nossas perguntas." #instapic #sun #halfway #lakea #instamatic #invisiblecities #happy #beauty

Le città invisibili
“L'i n f e r n o dei viventi non è qualcosa che sarà; se ce n'è uno, è quello che è già qui, l'inferno che abitiamo tutti i giorni, che formiamo stando insieme. Due modi ci sono per non soffrirne. Il primo riesce facile a molti: accettare l'inferno e diventarne parte fino al punto di non vederlo più. Il secondo è rischioso ed esige attenzione e apprendimento continui: cercare e saper riconoscere c h i e c o s a, in mezzo all'inferno, non è inferno, e farlo d u r a r e, e dargli s p a z i o.” Le 55 città descritte, suddivise per tematiche, sono anche sogni: “tutto l'immaginabile può essere sognato, ma anche il sogno più inatteso è un rebus che nasconde un d e s i d e r i o, oppure il suo rovescio, una p a u r a. Le città come i sogni sono costruite di desideri e di paure, anche se il filo del loro discorso è segreto, le loro regole a s s u r d e, le prospettive ingannevoli, e ogni cosa ne nasconde un'altra”.

He had arrived to Smudaweri where people commuted for a living. There was no city. Only a large piece of land, covered by public transports.

#publictransport #shuttle #metro #subway #invisiblecities #italocalvino #marcopolo #travelling #citiesasmetaphors #newlexicons #cityaslexicn

Que livro!!!
Marco Polo apresenta ao Grande Kublai Khan as cidades (que ele nunca irá conhecer) do seu grande reino, porém de uma forma um tanto diferente.
Marco Polo se expressa pelos sentimentos e por suas percepções e não por descrições das cidades, enquanto Khan ao ouví-lo constitui seu reino e todos os reinos que existiram, que existirão e os que poderiam vir a existir.
Nessas conversas cada cidade descrita é uma boa metáfora sobre o que é a vida, sobre o que é o viver e os caminhos a se seguir.

Acho que é um livro para ser lido com calma e relido várias e várias vezes!
"Obrigada a permanecer imóvel e imutável para facilitar a memorização, Zora definhou, desfez-se e sumiu. Foi esquecida pelo mundo". #ascidadesinvisíveis #lecittàinvisibili #invisiblecities #ITALOCALVINO #bookstagram #bookaholic #london❤️ #minionmug #coffee #bookandcoffee #amoler

"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 - Italo Calvino)

Also, I've only recently found out about this new Instagram algorithm - how is everyone navigating through it? Should I recommend that you turn on notifications for my account and do the same for others? I've had to individually go to some accounts I follow to keep updated on their new posts instead of just seeing them in my newsfeed like I would before. Worst is having random ones pop up from the day before or even 4 days before!

#Bookstagram #Bookstagrammers #BookstagramIndia #books #stories #words #fiction #novels #read #write #readersofinstagram #AnuReads #igreads #translation #InvisibleCities #ItaloCalvino

"With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed..." #italocalvino #invisiblecities #toronto #hanlanspoint #beachday #thesix #clouds #sunshinecity

Tastes of homecoming. I remember eating this yellow little lemon tart many, many seasons ago. It has the taste of home. And the taste of afternoons at my papa's office after school. It has the taste of guilt, but not shame. I remember sneaking away the leftover tarts immediately after guests had left. It has the taste of comfort. When after class we would buy a dozen and eat it in the golf lawns of Gymkhana like it was a picnic. It has the taste of belonging. Nowhere in the world, no other lemon tart can make me feel so at home. No lemon tart can make me feel like I belong. #lemontart #vsco #vscocam #vscocam #vscophile #lookslikefilm #postcardsofexile #cityisourlanguage #portraitsoflonging #nazukiftikharrao #vsconyc #newyorkmoment #homesickness #homecoming #newyorknewyork #invisiblecities #instagood #latergram #vscofood #lahore #vscolahore #home #shezan

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