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Old 6th Aug 2005, 0:07   #1
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I've recently come across the word twice in two different books. Maybe it would be fun to post any passages we find that use it.

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Henceforth this was what I wanted to discover: the authentic being, “the old Adam” whom the Gospels no longer accepted; the man whom everything around me—books, teachers, family and I myself—had tried from the first to suppress. And I had already glimpsed him, faint, obscured by their encrustations, but all the more valuable, all the more urgent. I scorned henceforth the secondary, learned being whom education had pasted over him. Such husks must be stripped away.
And I would compare myself to a palimpsest; I shared the thrill of the scholar who beneath more recent script discovers, on the same paper, an infinitely more precious ancient text.
This is from Gide, The Immoralist, p. 51

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"This country is a palimpsest, in which the Bible is written over Herodotus, and the Koran over that."
--Lady Duff Gordan: Letters from Egypt
This is from Alan Moorhead, The Blue Nile, epigraph to ch. 7.

I guess this will be a pretty quiet thread. Besides these two occurrences, I don't think I've seen the word in any of the books I've read over the past year or more.
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Old 7th Aug 2005, 19:28   #2
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I read it in one of my summer hol read this last fortnight but I'm blowed if I can remember which and I'm not bothering to hunt. I think there's a thread somewhere where we had found a few, including the original for the site (from The Name of the Rose).
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I spotted one somewhere recently but can't remember where, though I think it's one that has been mentioned in another thread.
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I spotted it in Perdido Street Station - what a crappy book. :x
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I spotted it in Perdido Street Station - what a crappy book. :x
I don't think it's quite as crap as you seem to have thought at the time, but I'm making slow progress and only now got to the quote, on page 222:
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The city festered like mould below it. A palimpsest of sense-impressions washed over the flying thing. Sounds and lights and smells that filtered into its obscure mind in a synaesthetic wash, an alien perception.
Yeah, China Mieville has a weird way of mixing big words with flat mundanities ("the flying thing" indeed).
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Old 30th Sep 2009, 15:12   #6
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I don't think it's quite as crap as you seem to have thought at the time, but I'm making slow progress and only now got to the quote, on page 222
If I remember correctly, I would still have been enjoying it at that point. It was an 867 page book, and were I not liking it, I wouldn't likely have pushed through so many more. From memory, you are while off where it all fell apart from me.
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The rural England of the advertising commercial is superimposed on the palimpsest of the England of Hampshire in the 1990s, and that again is superimposed upon the reality of the past, the unknowable reality of history. The layers of image fade, fuse, fix, peel, wrinkle, part.

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I stept on a palimsest, the left foot so no probleme.

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I get to use it for work in my reports lots, because archaeology is frequently a palimpsest! :D
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I wonder how may archaeologists wander in here by mistake, attracted by the name that's so pertinent to their career.
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