Left Bank Dream Dezembro 30, 2014Posted by paulo jorge vieira in Uncategorized.
Das constelações de significados e significantes da cidade. De Paris. De Charles Baudelaire. De Walter Benjamin. É em torno desta cidade e destes dois autores que Beryl Schlossman escreve este pequeno livro intitulado “Left Bank Dream”. Neste (conto) sonho, de feitio espectral, caminhamos com o poeta francês e o filósofo alemão por Paris. Mas nesse percurso de flâneur somos acompanhados por um narrador – misterios* nos caminhos- que revisita as obras e os sentidos de ambos na escrita da cidade.
Left Bank Dream stages three characters longing for Paris. Their longing for place and the poetry of exile converge in the iconic figure of Charles Baudelaire. Recognized after his death and subsequently revered by surrealists and modernists as one of the most significant modern European poets, Baudelaire in his own time frightened many of his literary contemporaries with his gritty and sublime portrayal of the city, and the concomitant reshaping of poetic and aesthetic conventions. The Berlin writer and critic, Walter Benjamin, is the second historical character. He appears in Paris seventy years after Baudelaire’s death. Baudelaire conceived of his own exile in his native city in circumstances that he had not planned, but Benjamin’s exile, a victim of the Nazis, led him in search of his favorite poet — the key to his reading of modernity — in the same way that he had once followed a woman he loved back to her native Russia. Benjamin follows Baudelaire’s traces throughout the streets of Paris.