"Talismano" is a novelistic exploration of writing visible as a hallucinatory trip via half-remembered, half-imagined cities--in specific, the town of Tunis, either because it is now, and because it as soon as used to be. strolling and writing, trip and magazine, reflect each other to supply a calligraphic, magical paintings: a palimpsest of varied languages and cultures, highlighting Abdelwahab Meddeb's beguiling mastery of either the Western and Islamic traditions. Meddeb's trip is at the beginning a sensual one, nearly decadent, the place the narrator luxuriates within the Tunis of his thoughts and intercuts those impressions with reminiscences of alternative towns at different occasions, reviving the legendary figures of Arab-Islamic legend that experience light from reminiscence in a speedily westernizing North Africa. A fever dream located at the knife-edge among competing cultures, "Talismano" is a testomony to the facility of language to awaken, and subdue, experience.
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