Searching for the childhood haunts of the great poet Cavafy reveals both what has been lost to time and what remains alive in human memory.
Nostalgia is our reaction to rapid social change. It expresses our desire to return to a time we imagine as happier and more innocent. Cavafy’s cosmopolitanism was an ideal we cannot recreate. But neither should we dismiss it, as many are want to do, because of its imperfections and injustices.