A urban lighting / Italian Voices Book
"Elaborately imagined...mini-catalog of significant artists’ desires and the author’s interpretation of the final 3 days within the lifetime of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Tabucchi’s wealthy language and his magical-realist attraction tinge the quantity with a visionary glow."—Publishers Weekly
" a beautiful little booklet that retains ringing on your head lengthy after you’ve comprehensive it."—Kirkus
DREAM OF DAEDALUS,
ARCHITECT AND AVIATOR
One evening, hundreds of thousands of years in the past, at a time very unlikely to calculate precisely, Daedalus, architect and aviator, had a dream.
He dreamed that he used to be deep within a huge palace and he used to be facing a hall. The hall opened into one other hall and Daedalus, drained and harassed, walked alongside it, leaning at the partitions. whilst he had come to the tip, the hall opened right into a small octagonal room, from which 8 corridors branched out. Daedalus started to suppose wanting breath and a necessity for clean air. He entered one hall, however it ended opposed to a wall. He went into one other, however it too ended opposed to a wall. Seven instances Daedalus made an try out until eventually, at the 8th test, he entered a really lengthy hall that, after a chain of curves and corners, led out into one other hall. Daedalus then sat down on a marble step and commenced to mirror. at the hall partitions have been flaming torches that illuminated frescoes blue with birds and flowers.
I'm the single person who might understand how to get out of the following, Daedalus acknowledged to himself, and that i do not be mindful. He took off his sandals and started to stroll barefoot at the eco-friendly marble floor.
To console himself, he started to sing an historic dirge he had realized from an outdated servant who had rocked his boy or girl cradle. The arcades of the lengthy hall carried his voice again to him ten instances over.
I'm the single one that may possibly know the way to get out of right here, acknowledged Daedalus, and that i do not remember.
At that second, he got here out right into a large, round room frescoed with absurd landscapes. He remembered that room yet he could not consider why he remembered it. there have been seats lined with sumptuous materials and, in the course of the room, a wide mattress. at the fringe of the mattress used to be seated