By Guy Davenport
fact, fiction, background, and artwork all converge during this assortment as man Davenport explores complicated principles inside of narratives which are choked with emotional intensity. Fearless and creative fashionable, those tales take many kinds, reminiscent of the imagined international conflict I journals of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in “The Bowmen of Shu” and the parallel stories of poets Matsuo Basho and Ezra Pound climbing an identical mountain path centuries aside in “Fifty-Seven perspectives of Fujiyama.”
within the identify tale, which additionally good points illustrations through the writer, a bunch of philosophers attempts to set up a utopia in Amsterdam, harkening again to a prelapsarian global of easy sexuality and nature untarnished through human effect. the concept the previous endlessly impacts the current is on the middle of Apples and Pears as Davenport relocates his references from all eras to modern times—and as he makes use of measured, poetic language to discover the cyclical nature of culture.
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Apples and Pears: And Other Stories by Guy Davenport