Manuscript fragment


   This name has remained caught within my hopes of that time, it creates around itself once again the atmosphere of the time I then lived, wind brightened by sunshine as it was, the ideas that I was forming within myself about Ruskin and Italy. Italy holds fewer of my dreams than this name that dwelt within it. Here we have names, things are not names, things, as soon as we think them, become ideas, they take their place in the series of ideas from that time and blend into them, and this is why Zohar has become something analogous to the idea I had had of the place whilst gazing at the turbulent sky, thinking that I was going to see Venice.

1. The chief text of the Jewish cabbala, presented as an allegorical or mystical interpretation of the Pentateuch.

From Cahier 5, NAF 16645, 53v.


Created 15.01.17
Updated 26.03.19

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