By Guy Davenport
Guy Davenport hyperlinks the basic rules of our cultural panorama in tales that nod to the philosophers, artists, and writers who got here ahead of him
truth, fiction, background, and artwork all converge during this assortment as man Davenport explores complicated principles inside of narratives which are packed with emotional intensity. Fearless and artistic common, those tales take many kinds, similar to the imagined international warfare I journals of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in “The Bowmen of Shu” and the parallel stories of poets Matsuo Basho and Ezra Pound mountaineering a similar mountain path centuries aside in “Fifty-Seven perspectives of Fujiyama.”
within the identify tale, which additionally positive factors illustrations via the writer, a bunch of philosophers attempts to set up a utopia in Amsterdam, harkening again to a prelapsarian international of simple sexuality and nature untarnished via human impact. the concept that the earlier ceaselessly impacts the current is on the center 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 tradition.
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Sergey grinned, unscrewing the cognac. Misha, having meanwhile abandoned quilt for ice, set off at a comical waddling run and dived once more into the ice-hole. 21 In the small hours of Monday morning, Viktor was roused by the insistent ringing of the phone. When finally awake, he didn’t feel like getting up, but lay waiting for the caller to lose patience. But the caller didn’t lose patience, and even the penguin woke and gabbled. Viktor got out of bed and made his way unsteadily to the phone.
He accompanied these words with a lordly wave of the hand. “I’d prefer coffee, if I may,” said Viktor, settling into a leather armchair facing the vast executive desk. “Two coffees,” the Editor-in-Chief said, picking up the phone. “Do you know,” he resumed amiably, “we’d only recently been talking about you, and yesterday in came our Assistant Arts Editor, Boris Leonardovich, with your little story. ‘Get an eyeful of this,’ said he. I did, and it’s good. ” Viktor nodded politely. Igor Lvovich paused and smiled.
By next morning Viktor had earmarked a possible first obelisk. It only remained to get the Chief’s blessing. 30 next morning, having got the Chief’s blessing, drunk coffee, and been solemnly presented with his Press card, Viktor bought a bottle of Finlandia at a kiosk, and set off for the office of sometime author, now State Duma Deputy, Aleksandr Yakornitsky. Hearing that a correspondent of Capital News wished to see him, the State Deputy was delighted, and immediately told his secretary to cancel all his remaining appointments and admit no one else.
Apples and Pears: And Other Stories by Guy Davenport