Windows on the World

Windows on the World

Fifty Writers, Fifty Views

Book - 2014
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All of us, at some point in our daily lives, find ourselves looking out a window. We pause in our work, tune out of a conversation, and turn toward the outside. Our eyes gaze, without seeing, at a landscape whose familiarity becomes the customary ground for distraction: the usual rooftops, familiar trees, a distant crane. The way of life for most of us in the twenty-first century means that we spend most of our time indoors, in an urban environment, and our awareness of the outside world comes via, and thanks to, a framed glass hole in the wall. In Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views, architect and artist Matteo Pericoli explores this theme alongside fifty writers from across the globe. By pairing drawings of window views with texts that reveal what the drawings cannot, Windows on the World offers a perceptual journey through the world as seen through the windows of prominent writers Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, Daniel Kehlmann in Berlin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos, John Jeremiah Sullivan in Wilmington, North Carolina, Nadine Gordimer in Johannesburg, Xi Chuan in Beijing. Taken together, the views--geography and perspective, location and voice--resonate with and play off each other.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594205545
159420554X
Characteristics: xi, 135 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pericoli, Matteo 1968-

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