By Guy Davenport
fact, fiction, historical past, and artwork all converge during this assortment as man Davenport explores complicated principles inside of narratives which are filled with emotional intensity. Fearless and artistic standard, those tales take many types, resembling the imagined international struggle I journals of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in “The Bowmen of Shu” and the parallel stories of poets Matsuo Basho and Ezra Pound mountain climbing an identical mountain path centuries aside in “Fifty-Seven perspectives of Fujiyama.”
within the identify tale, which additionally positive aspects illustrations by way of the writer, a gaggle of philosophers attempts to set up a utopia in Amsterdam, harkening again to a prelapsarian international of basic sexuality and nature untarnished through human impact. the concept that the earlier without end 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