Sugestão de fim-de-semana * Weekend suggestion

Pôr o cinema em dia.
Update the movies-to-watch list.

Desenhar um projecto novo.
Conceive a new project.

E ler um livro.
And read a book.

hav

Hav (2006), Jan Morris

Este livro levará o leitor a uma cidade do Mediterrâneo oriental onde seguramente nunca esteve. Mais: de que nunca ouviu falar. Hav, a cidade-estado imaginária, atraiu ao longo dos séculos os mais intrépidos viajantes — de Ibn Batuta a Richard Burton — e inspirou uma vasta galeria de artistas — de músicos como Chopin e Rimsky-Korsakov a escritores como Loti e Joyce. Até Hitler terá talvez pernoitado clandestinamente em Hav, um episódio nunca tirado a limpo. Tudo isto nos é contado por Jan Morris com a mesma capacidade de captar atmosferas e recriar ambientes que aplica a lugares, por assim dizer, verdadeiros. Hav — com a sua poderosa alegoria sobre um cruzamento de culturas arrasado de forma enigmática — passará, daqui em diante, a figurar no mapa interior de cada um dos leitores deste livro.

Hav is like no place on earth. Rumored to be the site of Troy, captured during the crusades and recaptured by Saladin, visited by Tolstoy, Hitler, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana, this Mediterranean city-state is home to several architectural marvels and an annual rooftop race that is a feat of athleticism and insanity. As Jan Morris guides us through the corridors and quarters of Hav, we hear the mingling of Italian, Russian, and Arabic in its markets, delight in its famous snow raspberries, and meet the denizens of its casinos and cafés. When Morris published Last Letters from Hav in 1985, it was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Here it is joined by Hav of the Myrmidons, a sequel that brings the story up-to-date. Twenty-first-century Hav is nearly unrecognizable. Sanitized and monetized, it is ruled by a group of fanatics who have rewritten its history to reflect their own blinkered view of the past. Morris’s only novel is dazzlingly sui-generis, part erudite travel memoir, part speculative fiction, part cautionary political tale. It transports the reader to an extraordinary place that never was, but could well be.