A sense of feeling like a grand guest, as if Tamerlane himself has invited you and the world is at your feet.  As long as you really are ‘invited’ that is, and not ‘summoned’, which might be a terrifying prospect.

‘You ride along feeling you have an invitation from Tamerlane in your pocket.’


Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 97 – reviewed here.

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