July 21st, 2008

True Neutral

Джордж Мартин в Старом свете

During a signing in Portugal, GRRM confirmed his intention to have the book done by the end of the year, with publication following in spring 2009. He also said that the series is currently at its widest scope and scale, and we will see a narrowing of the focus going into the last two volumes in the series
During a signing in Spain, GRRM said we might learn the motto for House Clegane, and that more information on Benjen's fate will be revealed in ADWD.
... and the Bookman


"Вертумн" (1590) - портрет Рудольфа II работы Джузеппе Арчимбольдо.
Не столь известна прилагаемая к портрету поэма Грегорио Команини, друга художника:

Whoever you may be, when you behold
This odd, misshapen picture which is me
And there is laughter on your lips
Your eyes are flashing with hilarity,
And your whole face is seized by mirth
As you discover yet another monstrous detail
In him who bears the name Vertumnus,
Being thus called in poems of the ancients
And by Apollo’s learned sons;
Unless you clearly see that ugliness
Which makes me beautiful,
You cannot know that there’s a certain
Ugliness more beautiful than any beauty.
There’s diversity within me,
Though despite my diverse aspect, I am one.
That diversity of mine
Renders faithfully and truly
Diverse things just as they are.
Raise your eyebrows now and frown,
Listen hard with concentration,
Lend your ear to what I say
That I may entrust you, friend,
With the secret of new art.

(И, конечно, серия картин Арчимбольдо оказалась магическим проектом по стяжанию энергий четырех стихий и четырех времен года; Вертумн и, следовательно, император - видимо, тот объект, на который они должны воздействовать: (не)увечный король, несущий благодать (не)бесплодной земле. За что художнику и даровали титул пфальцграфа. Но, как мы знаем, к 1590 году магия уже переставала работать, и ничего не получилось.)