The Time of Friendship. Paul Bowles, Vittorio Santoro.
The Time of Friendship

The Time of Friendship

ISBN: 3952049727
Zurich, Switzerland: Vittorio Santoro, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. "A query often put to me by journalists unable to invent better questions is: which one of all my stories do I like best. A meaningless question. Still, I reply, always giving the same title: 'The Time of Friendship.' It has neither personalized malevolent thought nor any violent behavior. The violent action is supplied by the approaching war. One is aware of the fighting, and one is sure that in the end it will submerge what small areas of peaceful life still subsist. And indeed, the era of friendship comes to an end sooner than one had expected. It is ineluctable and final as an act of God." This quote, from the preface of this uniquely collaborative work from legendary literary craftsman and short-story smith Paul Bowles, sets the tone for his collaboration with the Swiss-Italian multimedia artist Vittorio Santoro. Santoro fittingly splits his time in both Paris and Zurich; Bowles would surely approve (approved?) of such worldly denization in two of the globe's finest cities. Upon further research, Santoro becomes even more intriguing. In an "artist statement" for an installation shown at Galerie Xippas in Paris titled "Reciprocal Scrutiny," Santoro wrote: "I like to think that different elements of the work will serve as triggers and incite the viewer to form connections between the literary, political, historical and perceptual sources." (from Santoro's official website, www.vittoriosantoro.info). It would be well to mention that Santoro was also nominated for the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2017, and pieces of his work that this writer has seen--including what is, as of this writing, on the home page of Santoro's website--are impressively Duchampian. These achievements and details of note make Bowles' 1995 notice of and collaboration with Santoro even more impressive. Bowles truly curated his web of associations and collaborations--and this work, which combines visual contributions from Santoro with Bowles' 1961, penned-in-Tangier story "The Time of Friendship," is no exception. Bowles' text merges with an altogether different corner of Vittorio's artistry, "altogether different" than the Duchampian exertions previously noted. Instead, we are presented with evocative black-&-white photos of common vistas rendered uncommon by Santoro's eye--which here seems to mean an awareness of "frozen moments" (to borrow a phrase from one of our favorites here at TMB)--frozen moments forgotten, or lost in the fog. Published with a limitation of 1500 unsigned, unnumbered copies and a deluxe edition of 50 signed and numbered copies, of which this is the prior. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to top left, bottom left-hand corners and rightmost fine-edge of front cover; similar minute shelf-wear to back cover at corners. Very Fine. [Item #3933]

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