Invisible Cities  |  A virtual Journey into the Orients!

 

“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”.

- Italo Calvino

 

This small project covers a series of Podcasts depicting the rich and yet virtual stories of the cities of the Orients through narration of a dream-like story-telling gift of Italo Calvino in his fascinating book the ‘Invisible Cities’.

The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of oriental cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation between Polo himself and the aging and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire. The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 cities, apparently narrated by Polo. Short dialogues between the two characters are interspersed every five to ten cities and are used to discuss various ideas presented by the cities on a wide range of topics including linguistics and human nature.

 

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