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The World of Imagination

‘To me,’ wrote William Blake in 1799, ‘this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination.’ The imagination, he later added, ‘is not a state: it is the human existence itself.’ Blake, a painter as well as a poet, created images that acquire their power not only from a certain naiv...

For the Romantics, imagination was a divine quality. ‘The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception,’ wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817. It was a powerful faculty that could be put to use, distinct from the mere ‘fancy’ of making up stuff – ...

Blake would have been unimpressed by modern scientific efforts to find imagination among the firing patterns of neurons, as if it was just another cognitive function of the brain, like motor control or smell perception. Likewise, he would have scorned the idea, favoured by some cognitive scie...

In a technological age like ours, is there still room for imagination, mystery, fantasy? If our reality tends to the imagination, can the imagination be reality? Do you believe in ghosts or evil spirits? Would you spend a night in an isolated house where, it is said, "it feels"? Imagination, fant...

All manifest them in one way or another, each of these categories lives them openly or secretly. The reason is simple and must be found in the very reason of our existence characterized by mystery. The initial question about man remains unanswered: who we are, where we come from, where do we go. ...

No one is able to give an answer, and then ghosts, spirits, presences, spells, fairies, witches, wizards, spells, exorcisms, esotericism, astrology, sataneries of various kinds are born. People in good faith who seek, people in bad faith who answer and deceive. Thoughts and feelings, affections a...

When at the first light of day the owl stopped its mournful nocturnal song, those places had an irresistible charm in the light of day. At the foot of the mountain, a large valley stretched out as if in musical harmony towards the sea, after having slowly lost altitude and height. The river meand...

Mount Vesuvius

On the right mount Vesuvius stood out in the company of Monte Somma, on the left the chain of Monte Cerreto blocked the passage towards the Coast. In the background, beyond the spire of the bell tower of Pompeii, the island of Capri could be glimpsed floating glistening in the waters of the Gulf ...

Yet until a few hours earlier those places had been a massacre of rituals and violence, in the sad and obscene glare of the moonlight. Disheveled and violent women, with long hair and eyes burning like fires, had given themselves to wild dances around the cluster of trees that surrounded the grea...

That large cottage was nothing more than the sum of many houses built side by side over the years, in an alternation of stairs and terraces, windows and balconies with closed arches. It was shaped like a large piece of shapeless cheese, with many irregular holes, in a succession of empty and empt...

If they were flames of hell, those women who danced wildly and obscene were witches who raped their prey, men tied to trees. A cruel and inhuman music shattered the eardrums of those who had the good fortune to hear it. Barefoot, swaying, intoxicated with hatred and sex, they raised their macabre...

A warm wind had risen. It came from the valley, from the distant sea. It came as if to collide with that cold and frozen death from the north, behind Alvano's long neck that dominated from above. A sudden vortex enveloped everything, a whirlwind that mingled with the cries of the witches and that...

Then all was silent when the owl let out a long hiss that chilled hearts and made the shadows vanish. A flash behind the mountains had announced the arrival of the sun. In a moment nature fell silent and time stopped. All was calm and ready for good luck and happy sunshine. A young ray of sunshin...

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