Monthly Archives: November 2015

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) was a Philosophy graduate from the University of Bucharest in Romania. Were it not for a visit to Portugal’s Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, I would never have known of him or this small piece of his. Cioran lived in Paris from 1937 and wrote his work in the Romanian and French languages.

Jose Thomas Brum is a Brazilian who translated Cioran’s work into Portuguese. Consequently, this English translation of an excerpt from Cioran’s O Livro das Illusoes (The Book of Delusion) feels a little clunky and yet this transcription, on the wall of the Museum accompanied by the photograph below, struck a chord.

To detach yourself elegantly from the world; to give contour and grace to sadness; a solitude in style; a walk that gives cadence to memories; stepping towards the intangible; with the breath in the trembling margins of things; the past reborn in the overflow of fragrances; the smell, through which we conquer time; the contour of the invisible things; the forms of the immaterial; to deepen yourself in the intangible; to touch the world airborne by smell; aerial dialogue and gliding dissolution; to breath in your own reflecting fragmentation.

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Our last full day in Istanbul started with a late breakfast and a drop in to an agency to book transport to the airport tomorrow afternoon.

We treated ourselves to a pomegranate juice on the walk up to Suleymaniye Mosque.

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The mosque affords amazing views of the city from its hillside location. We arrived at the same time as prayers were taking place and listened to some glorious singing while we waited in the courtyard.

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Next up, a couple of ferry rides to get us to the Dolmabahce Palace, with its chandeliers, tromp d’oiel wall art, crystal staircase and other glitz. I’d show you some photographs, except ‘no pictures’.

As we’d skipped lunch, we opted for an early dinner in Taksim. I was on the hunt for Gozleme. Success!

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Nothing more for our last night than to seek out another amazing dessert place. Yes it was.

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To finish off, a few posters, some street art and more food.

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