Città Invisibili

«Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his. In the lives of emperors there is a moment which follows pridein the bounless extension of the territories we have conquered, and the melancholy and relief of knowing we shall soon give up any thought of knowing and understanding  them. There is a sens of emptiness that comes over us at evening, with the odor of the elephants after the rain and the sandalwood ashes growing cold in the brazens…»