city of phantasms
el mal de cuidades fantasmales
The first known case of the Malady of Ghostly Cities was discovered in 1976 by the Argentinean Navy during their efforts to establish a base on Cook Island, the southernmost of the South Sandwich Islands, just off the coast of Antarctica. The victim was one Ivar Jorgensen, a member of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s 1910-12 expedition to the South Pole.(…)
Since then, three other cases have been discovered, making possible a rudimentary definition of the disease’s manifestations, if not its causes. Simply put, it is a malady that transforms the victim–seemingly overnight–into a city populated by phantoms. The identity of the victim, along with a record of dreams, fears, and geographies of the body, are contained in a small series of bound volumes, located in a hidden cellar, buffered against intrusion like a brain in a skull.