Which, in such cases—the act or the utterance, the gesture or the text—is the palimpsest of other?
Can you talk about how the palimpsest informs the structure of your novel?
In a figurative way, palimpsest refers to an object or place that reflects its own history.
This last is a palimpsest, made up of portions of two Flemish brasses, circa 1375.
His soul must be like a palimpsest with the record of nation on nation.
Nature became for him a scroll, a palimpsest with daily mutations.
A palimpsest, now in the church chest, formerly at east end of nave.
I scanned a leaf particularly and saw that it was a palimpsest.
He had corrected the palimpsest and recalled her as the Miss Webling whom he had met in London.
This shows that naturally, and without violent agencies, the human brain is by tendency a palimpsest.
"parchment from which earlier writing has been removed to clear it for new writing," 1660s, from Latin palimpsestus, from Greek palimpsestos "scraped again," from palin "again" (see palindrome) + verbal adjective of psen "to rub smooth" (of uncertain origin).