How does Calvino describe his cities?
What is the role that the monuments play?
How does the urban interact with the natural?
How do we distinguish between nature and man – made?
THE CITY OF ZAIRA
Calvino, being a man lost in his own imagination, thinks of his cities as the ups and downs of his life. In the city of Zaira, Kublai describes the place as a city of high bastions. He says that it consists of relationships between the measurements of its spaces and an event of it’s past. His assumptions are pretty twisted in a way. Most importantly he thinks that the city soaks memories like a sponge and expands.
The monuments play a pretty strong role of just hanging on and being a part of his life. These little as well as huge monuments basically give the city a face without which the city would just give it a “barren look”. For instance, the lamppost is used as a decoration for the queen’s nuptial and the zinc scaled roofs give the city some sort of a glow.
In my story, the streets rise like stairways with a degree of arcade curves. And where the Zinc scales make up the roofs. It is a city where a child hangs over street lamps and cats travel on flying windows.
If I were to distinguish between the two I’d say that natural elements are basically less durable than that of the man – made. In accordance to the story, I guess I would say that, the Natural elements in the city of Zaira pretty much seem to last much longer than that of the man – made. I could also say that, in context of the story, the natural elements seem to have life in them that bring joy to the living beings of the city.