Ktismatics

23 November 2009

Not-Inferno

Filed under: Fiction, Ktismata — ktismatics @ 7:02 am

[Kublai Khan) said: “It is all useless, if the last landing place can only be the infernal city, and it is there that, in ever-narrowing circles, the current is drawing us.”

And Polo said:  “The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”

– the last lines of Eternal Cities by Italo Calvino, 1972

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