The Ruins of My Daughter's Cities
An Imaginary Travelogue
by David J. Keffer
Two well-loved books by Italo Calvino are “Invisible
Cities” and “Cosmicomics”.
In the former, Marco Polo
regales Kublai Khan with descriptions, both profound
of imagined cities that lie within the
emperor’s vast domain.
In the latter, Calvino
develops short stories based on absurdly literal
and explanations of scientific
theories, past and present. “The Ruins of My
Daughter’s Cities” is an amalgamation of both
Inside the reader will find descriptions
of cities that exist only in the imagination,
solely as a means of providing an explanation for the
convoluted psychology of the relationship between
a father and daughter.
The description of each city is preceded by a short
recounting of an episode of the daughter’s behavior
that proves utterly outside the father’s ability to
comprehend. Together, father and daughter then
an imaginary city related to this event, which
helps the father better understand the behavior.
The destinations include such cities as the City
of Noodles, the City of Drills, the City of Lost,
the City of Wild and Meaningless
Gesticulation and, let us not forget, the capital City
of Ambiguous Anxieties.
length: 50,000 words (140 pages in paperback)
written: September, 2012-April, 2013, Knoxville, Tennessee
paperback size: 6 in x 9 in
paperback publication date: June 1, 2013
paperback ISBN-13: 978-1484877012
paperback ISBN: 1484877012
ebook publication date: June 1, 2013
ebook ISBN-13: 978-1301217595
poison pie publishing house catalog number: PP-016-N
This novel is Book IV of The Hortie pentalogy.
A Reading by the Author:
Chapter 2. The City of Noodles on YouTube.
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