My life in Rome was short and simple. I worked in a shoe store and lived in a boardinghouse on Via della Luce, in Trastevere. At night, when I got home, I would take Zia out for a walk. We usually went to a park behind the church of Sant’Egidio, and as the cat wandered among the plants I would open a book and try to read…but all I remember of what I read is a hot curtain or maybe just a warm curtain fluttering in the slight breeze of Rome at dusk, and plants and trees and the sound of footsteps. One night I met the devil. That’s all I remember.
Roberto Bolaño. The Savage Detectives. Picador, 2007
Ettore Roesler Franz, Gruppo di vecchie Case Mediovali alla Longaretta, angolo via della Luce , 1887