By Italo Calvino
L. a. sensualidad que se desprende de l. a. lectura de estas tres breves obras maestras, y que nos embarga en l. a. fantasía de un fragrance muy especial, en el ritual casi mitológico de un extraordinary sabor y en los angeles inquietante multiplicidad de un sonido, nos ayuda a olvidar que el proyecto de Italo Calvino period el de completar este libro con los sentidos del tacto y de l. a. vista. Difícil será borrar de los angeles memoria l. a. presencia casi corpórea de los aromas que busca incesantemente ese elegante hombre maduro para su amante, los exóticos platos que despiertan el deseo en ese escritor que visita templos mexicanos o las obsesivas resonancias que amenazan a un rey demasiado poderoso. ¿Quién de nosotros no ha sido alguna vez víctima consentida de l. a. persistente presencia de los sentidos? Surgen entonces los insinuantes fantasmas que pueblan en l. a. sombra nuestra cotidiana rutina…
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You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.
Ian Small (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ). –––– Studies in the History of Renaissance (), revised and expanded as The Renaissance (), repr. in The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry––The Text, ed. Donald L. Hill (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ). Hill’s edition notes the textual variants in the four editions of The Renaissance that Pater published during his lifetime. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars, ed. and trans. Catharine Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ).
Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I ﬁnd him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
Bajo el sol jaguar by Italo Calvino