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“…So then, yours is truly a journey through memory!” The Great Khan, his ears always sharp, sat up in his hammock every time he caught a hint of a sigh in Marco’s speech. “It was to slough off a burden of nostalgia that you went so far away!” he exclaimed, or else: “You return from your voyages with a cargo of regrets!” And, he added, sarcastically: “Meager purchases, to tell the truth, for a merchant of the Serenissima!”

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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