The city

Murphy, Peter (2002) The city. In: Leontis, A, Talalay, L.E, and Taylor , K, (eds.) What These Ithakas Mean. Readings in Cavafy. University of Michigan, Michigan, USA, p. 74.

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[Extract] There is a well-known photo of Cavafy looking the part of the perfect Greek gentleman, sitting not entirely at ease on a divan in his apartment in Rue Lepsius. The scene brings to mind Giorgio de Chirico's painting The Return of Ulysses (1968), in which the center of the artist's flat is filled with the Homeric hero rowing ashore. We look at the demure Cavafy, the clerk and stockbroker, and think of Cavafy's own Odyssean poem, "Ithaka," perhaps the greatest poem of the twentieth century, and somehow these images are ineluctably superimposed on each other.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-960-201-154-6
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 01:02
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