Memory, death, love, beauty, dreams – Brodsky touches on all of these in this wonderfully evocative book, says PD Smith. A very, very short prose-exercise by Nobelist Brodsky about Venice, his many wintertime trips there, the enchantment and ironies and visual. As much a brooding self-portrait as a lyric description of Venice, poet Brodsky’s quirky, impressionistic essay describes his year romance with a city of.

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Still, had the mortician and the doctor belonged to different political parties, that would be fine, some progress could be made. Clothes are perhaps our only approximation brpdsky the choice made by marble. If you work in the evening you burn parthenons of candlesnot for ambience or better light, but for their illusory warmth; or else you move to the kitchen, light the gas stove, and shut the door.

After all, there is no saint without a monsternot to mention the ink’s octopal affinity. This city takes one’s breath away in every weather, the variety of which, at any rate, is somewhat limited.

I take heat very poorly; the unmitigated emissions of hydrocarbons and armpits still worse. Add to this, tubercular poets and composers; add to this, men of moronic convictions bridsky aesthetes hopelessly enamored of this placeand the Embankment might earn its name, reality might catch up with language. There’s water, and God, and musing, and clear-as-a-drop moments in time in this book, a paean to a place that in many spots reads like prose poetry, made me chuckle, made me sad, and gave me a LOT watermaek ideas for poems, quotes to use, and food for thought.

The umpteenth himself, the last in the line, after decades and decades of waiting, had finally got it, to the great consternation of the otherapparently numerousmembers of the family.

InBrodsky was a recipient of the John D. Yet rbodsky traveler comes here without a spare sweater, jacket, skirt, shirt, slacks, or blouse, watermaark Venice is the sort of city where both the stranger and the native know in advance that one will be on display.

Watermark: An Essay on Venice by Joseph Brodsky – review

Brofsky are plenty of guidebooks to Venice, and plenty of fictional wattermark by writers who lived there and fell in love with the city. You did not try to finish high school where they prepare, where they teach?

You are informed that you are not supposed to be there not so much by your eyes, ears, nose, palate, or palm as by your feet, which feel odd acting as an organ of sense. Besides, at a certain age, and in a certain line of work at that, to be loved back is not exactly imperative.


The City Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky Called Paradise

Mid-course Brodsky changes from travel sketches to more focused description and philosophical meditation. Who enrolled you in the ranks of poets? I aspired to wasting my afternoons in the empty office of some bgodsky solicitor or pharmacist, eyeing his secretary as she brought in coffee from a bar nearby, chatting idly away about the prices of motorboats or the redeeming features of Diocletian’s character, since practically everyone here has a reasonably sound education as well as a yen for watermaro streamlined.

I think it was Hazlitt who said that the only thing that could beat this city of water would be a city built in the air.

Book Review: Joseph Brodsky’s Watermark (a Memoir on Venice) – Books I Read

Of course, film festivals and book fairs are bbrodsky tune with the flickering of the canals’ surface, with their curlicue, sirocco-perused scribblings. This has nothing to do with vanity or with the natural surplus of mirrors here, the main one being the very water. In other words no pun intendedmetaphor is incurable. I suspect and submit that, in the first place, it evolved from the very element that gave that chordate life and shelter and which, for me at least, is synonymous with time For one thing, that childhood wasn’t all that happy a childhood seldom is, being, rather, a school of self-disgust and insecurity ; and as for the Baltic, you had indeed to be an eel to escape my part of it.

Perhaps the best proof of the Almighty’s existence is that we never know when we are to die.

The City Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky Called Paradise | Travel | Smithsonian

Wars, revolutions, great discoveries, geniuses, plagues never watermafk here due to watsrmark legal problem. And the answer is: One is what one looks atwell, at least partially. By profession, or rather by the cumulative effect of what I’ve been doing over the years, I am a writer; by trade, however, I am an academic, a teacher.

But then they grew into a fully developed recognition of what beauty is. Diaguilev, Pound, and Stravinsky among others keep him company.

With their similar effect on your bgodsky, hotels and pensiones therefore feel very congenial. At best, it amounts to the present. The subject was the usual: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

With that inside, I set out for the place I was staying, to collect my bags and catch a vaporetto.


In Venice, he defiled a couple of wonderful [campi] with his edifices, one of which was naturally a bank, since this sort of human animal loves a bank with absolutely narcissistic fervor, with the longing of an effect for its cause. Absolutely stunning and perhaps my favorite in all of Watermark:.

The yellow arrow signs at intersections are not much help either, for they, too, curve. The man in the corner of her eye started to move and soon disappeared from her field of vision. And perhaps nothing proves this better than modern art, whose poverty alone makes it prophetic.

The eye keeps registering reality even when there is no apparent reason for doing this, and under all circumstances. If there is anything erotic to those blueprints’ marble consequences, it is the sensation caused by the eye trained on any of themthe sensation similar to that of the fingertips touching for the first time your beloved’s breast or, better yet, shoulder.

And add to this that the interplay between plague and literature poetry in particular, and Italian poetry especially was quite intricate from the threshold.

The pictures depicted, as far as one could make out, sea and land battles, ceremonies, scenes from mythology; the lightest hue was wine-red. Bogarde in a deck chair aboard a steamer made me forget about the interfering credits and regret that I was not mortally ill; even today I am still capable of feeling that regret.

Anyhow, I would never come here in summer, not even at gunpoint. In a certain line of work, and at a certain age, nothing is more recognizable than a lack of purpose. Most of the rest is quotes: It really does look like musical sheets, frayed at the edges, constantly played, coming to you in tidal scores, in bars of canals with innumerable obbligati of bridges, mullioned windows, or curved crownings of Coducci cathedrals, not to mention the violin necks of gondolas.

Perhaps I was simply being impolite, as the author wasn’t a local. All this, of course, is from a movie in which I was neither a star nor even an extra, from a movie which for all I know they are not ever going to shoot again, or, if they do, the props will look different.