Fifty of the world s greatest writers share their views in collaborationwith the artist Matteo Pericoli, expanding our own views on place, creativity, and the meaning of home
All of us, at some point in our daily lives, havefound ourselves looking out the window. We pausein our work, tune out of a conversation, and turntoward the outside. Our eyes simply gaze, withoutseeing, at a landscape whose familiarity becomesthe customary ground for distraction: the usualrooftops, the familiar trees, a distant crane. Theway of life for most of us in the twenty-first centurymeans that we spend most of our time indoors, inan urban environment, and our awareness of theoutside world comes via, and thanks to, a framedglass hole in the wall.
In Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views, architect and artist Matteo Pericoli brilliantlyexplores this concept alongside fifty of ourmost beloved writers from across the globe. Bypairing drawings of window views with texts thatreveal either physically or metaphorically what the drawings cannot, Windows on the Worldoffers a perceptual journey through the world asseen through the windows of prominent writers: Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, Daniel Kehlmann inBerlin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos, JohnJeremiah Sullivan in Wilmington, North Carolina, Nadine Gordimer in Johannesburg, Xi Chuan inBeijing. Taken together, the views geographyand perspective, location and voice resonate withand play off each other.
Working from a series of meticulousphotographs and other notes from authors homes and offices, Pericoli creates a pen-and-inkillustration of each window and the view itframes. Many readers know Pericoli s work fromhis acclaimed series for The New York Times and laterfor The Paris Review Daily, which have a devotedfollowing. Now, Windows on the World collectsfrom Pericoli s body of work and features fifteennever-before-seen windows in one gorgeouslydesigned volume, as well as a preface from theParis Review s editor Lorin Stein. As we delve intowhat each writer s view may or may not share withthe others, as we look at the map and exploreunfamiliar views of cities from around the world, a new kind of map begins to take shape.
Windows on the World is a profound and eye-openinglook inside the worlds of writers, reminding us that the things we see every dayare woven into our selves and our imaginations, making us keener and more inquisitive observersof our own worlds."show more