illustrated cities

Byzantium
An illustration inspired by Italo Calvino’s short novel, Invisible Cities.

’… While at a sign from you, sire, the unique and final city raises its stainless walls, I am collecting the ashes of the other possible cities that vanish to make room for it, cities that can never be rebuilt or remembered. When you know at last the residue of unhappiness for which no previous stone can compensate, you will be able to calculate the exact number of carats toward which that final diamond must strive. Otherwise, your calculations will be mistaken from the very start. ’

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“It is a fur, fur better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a fur, fur better rest I go to, than I have ever known.”

Classicat #8: Sydney Catton, from A Tail of Two Kitties by Charles Kittens

A very good and selfless little kitten