‘The example of River Tarim illustrated by Sauzeau is einlightening: this river begins in Kashmir and gets lost in some phantasmagoric lake in China; the river and lake are often both dry; sometimes the Tarim not only struggles to reach the lake, which might happen to be dry at the time, but it even alters its path that might be moved by up to two hundred kilometers making it impossible to find. So what exactly do we mean when we talk about the Tarim? Is it a natural object or just our idea of one?’

Roberto Giunti about CLASSIFYING the thousand longest rivers in the world by Alighiero Boetti and Anne-Marie Sauzeau