les villes invisibles: tome 2 /paris

la ville et la memoire – cities and memory

browsing through archives of the future. today’s city in photographs from the past.

continued from tome 1 /zurich. 

“in maurilia, the traveller is invited to visit the city and, at the same time, to examine some old post cards that show it as it used to be: … a bandstand in the place of the overpass, two young ladies with parasols in the place of the munitions factory.”

— italo calvino, the invisible cities, ch 2

 

“the form of things can be discerned better at a distance.”

— ch 6

 

 

footnote

“suspended over the abyss, the life of octavia’s inhabitants is less uncertain than in other cities. they know the net will last only so long.”

— ch 5

continued in tome 3 /zobeide.

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