Wishing you a climate where the light trades in the gold currency of cognac. Not the first mention I have come across of Armenia as a place of extraordinary light.
‘What is there to say about Sevan’s climate? ‘Gold currency of cognac in the secret cupboard of the mountain sun.’’
Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas, London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011, p. 50
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