“When I lifted my eyes to see the way I had come, I at last saw the whole of Matera, in the form of a slanting wall. […] The faÇades of the caves were like a row of white houses; the holes of the doorways stared at me like black eyes.
The town is indeed a beautiful one, picturesque and striking.”
(Carlo Levi, “Cristo si e’ fermato a Eboli” – translated from the Italian by Frances Frenaye,
Straus & Company, New York, 1947)