"The tristesse that Lévi-Strauss describes is what a Westerner might feel as he surveys those vast poverty-stricken cities of the tropics, as he contemplates the huddled masses and their wretched lives. But he does not see the city through their eyes. Tristesse implies a guilt–ridden Westerner who seeks to assuage his pain by refusing to let cliché and prejudice color his impressions…"

Istanbul: Memories and the City, by Orhan Pamuk, "Hüzün", page 103
Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss

Visit Austin Burbridge’s Sprezzatura

Image: "Hollywood." Photograph ©MMV AUSTIN. All rights reserved