Culture. Eat it
15 February 2016
THE BOOK ON THE NIGHTSTAND: PICTOR’S METAMORPHOSES
This is a love story written by the poetry of the heart.
Hermann Hesse dedicates it to Ruth Wenger, his love that moves the sun and other stars, the opera singer that makes him rediscover love becoming his second wife.
The manuscript is named “Pictor’s metamorphoses” and just like a painter, the author embellishes with wonderful illustrations that blend with the words of the text.
The bright colors, the paradise lights where the main character – Pictor – search happiness full of yearning and ancient joy. He’s fascinated by what, in front of his eyes, continually changes shape – flowers, butterflies, birds – wishing to himself to change; when they are given him the chance, he chooses to being a tree because – as he said – trees are so full of peace, of strength and dignity.
But when he begins to look at the world with his new eyes something changes. Pictor is happy but incomplete and in contrast to all that surrounds him, he’s not changeable.
The arrival of a young girl with blonde hair, throws him into turmoil of those who cannot change their own nature, feeling that the blond angel may not be the one’s…
Hesse writes: “I would gladly do more and see the blessed diversity of the world and always remember that, at the bottom of this variety, there is unity.”
This story celebrates the duality:
of opposites attracting,
of several of which are completed,
of similar that take each other…
… because in every harmony there’s a safe harbor, a common area in which merging, but also a blind spot that we discover together, which requires compromise and sacrifice, who asks us to give up anything for love, but not want to be more of what you are.
Time of reading: in one breath
She is an art historian, optimistic and empathic by nature. She imagines a world where sow kindness enjoying the little things. She's in love with stories since she was a child, for the Eat Culture she eats books and arts. Per aspera ad astra says the only tattoo on her skin. It reminds her that the road that leads to her dreams is not always easy but that she never gives up.