Discussion: 'Discover the city'

In Discover the city, Rafael Chirbes proposes an adult voyage in memory and in literature, surrounding the vital and aesthetic experience of discovering the city as a child.

The city is the space in which lives will be lived. For foreigners, all cities are alike, whether it is Valencia or New York. In conversation with Walt Whitman and Martin Santos, the city found in memory (of raw materials, of workers, of markets and streetcars) appears as a place that increases what is possible, of the sensory experience without limits, of the eroticism of the unknown: words, goods and bodies. The city of the written works connects the richness boasted of by the Spanish citizen of today and the poverty that the cities of the past won’t forget. In memory and in writing, the city is also a territory where time expresses itself, what it should last and that which disappears, as well as all its defeats.

  • Literature
  • New York
  • Mar 29, 2011
  • 06:30 pm


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