Invisible Cities

Structure

Over the nine chapters, Marco describes a total of fifty-five cities. The cities are divided into eleven thematic groups of five each:

  1. Cities & Memory
  2. Cities & Desire
  3. Cities & Signs
  4. Thin Cities
  5. Trading Cities
  6. Cities & Eyes
  7. Cities & Names
  8. Cities & the Dead
  9. Cities & the Sky
  10. Continuous Cities
  11. Hidden Cities

He moves back and forth between the groups, while moving down the list, in a rigorous mathematical structure. The table below lists the cities in order of appearance, along with the group they belong to:

Chapter No. Memory Desire Signs Thin Trading Eyes Names Dead Sky Continuous Hidden
1 Diomira
Isidora
Dorothea
Zaira
Anastasia
Tamara
Zora
Despina
Zirma
Isaura
2 Maurilia
Fedora
Zoe
Zenobia
Euphemia
3 Zobeide
Hypatia
Armilla
Chloe
Valdrada
4 Olivia
Sophronia
Eutropia
Zemrude
Aglaura
5 Octavia
Ersilia
Baucis
Leandra
Melania
6 Esmeralda
Phyllis
Pyrrha
Adelma
Eudoxia
7 Moriana
Clarice
Eusapia
Beersheba
Leonia
8 Irene
Argia
Thekla
Trude
Olinda
9 Laudomia
Perinthia
Procopia
Raissa
Andria
Cecilia
Marozia
Penthesilea
Theodora
Berenice

In each of the nine chapters, there's an opening section and a closing section, narrating dialogues between the Khan and Marco. The descriptions of the cities lie between these two sections.


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