- Tytuł :
- Introduction: London disfigured
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- Źródło :
- writing London : Volume 2: materiality, memory, spectrality. :1-22
- Materiał oryginalny :
This is London really young, really pagan, really idyllic … really holding its population by the spell … of contagious humanity and of infinite human contacts.
Ford Madox Ford
We have had, as we advanced, to multiply our irreducible data and to complicate more and more the simple hypothesis from which we started. But have we gained anything by it? Though the matter which we have been led to posit is indispensable in order to account for the marvellous sensations among themselves, we still know nothing of it, since we must refuse to it all the qualities perceived, all the sensations of which it has only to explain the correspondence. It is not then, it cannot be, anything of what we know, anything of what we imagine. It remains a mysterious entity.
The city’s topography is a palimpsest within which all the most magnificent or monstrous cities of the world can be discerned … [But] who can fathom the depths of London?