"I have come a very long way, from a place from which no-one has ever yet returned; there is neither sun nor moon in the country I come from; nothing but space and shadow; neither road nor pathway; no earth for the foot, no air for the wings; and yet I am here, for love is stronger than death and will conquer it in the end."
- The Beautiful Vampire by Théophile Gautier
Today my new Vendula bags arrived... Couldn't resist the Sherlock Holmes one 💕💕💕
I'd heard a lot about this slim collection of short stories, published posthumously (the author was also a filmmaker). Infused with the author's own experiences of protest and politics. There's a strong theme of the failure of youthful hope, whether in relationships or in terms of social change. Recommended.