Andrzej Stasiuk, Niccolò Ammaniti, William Faulkner, Rebecca Gablé, Lu Xun

De Poolse schrijver en letterkundige Andrzej Stasiuk werd geboren op 25 september 1960 in Warschau. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.

 

Uit: Tales Of Galicia (Vertaald door Margarita Nafpaktitis)

 

Simon Wasylczuk showed up at Kosciejny’s and said “come on.” Kosciejny took a long, narrow knife out from behind the doorframe. They walked two houses further down. Simon led out a mournful-faced sheep and averted his gaze. Mount Cergowa was holding up the sky as usual, and snow still lay on its peak between the trees. It was over in a second. They lifted the animal up and hung it on a bare apple tree by a tendon in its hind leg.
Kosciejny looked like he usually did, a little like a scarecrow that had just escaped from the garden. That’s exactly how skinny, forty-year-old men in overalls look. Time rubs their features away, and it’s only in old age, when they have become reconciled with it, that they get their own one-of-a-kind faces back. Maybe so death can tell them apart.
But he wasn’t thinking about death. Life was keeping him busy. He cut off the head with short, quick strokes. Two mongrels were hanging around nearby. Then the tip of the knife slipped along the belly, along the legs, and the skin came off like a stocking. Steam was rising in the cold morning air. It was already over — skin, carcass, entrails, everything neatly separated. A simple and precise dissection of existence.
“Should I cut it up?” asked Kosciejny.
“I’ll cut it up myself. I just don’t like doing the killing,” said Simon Wasylczuk. He went into the house and came back with a bottle. They sat down against the wall of the barn, in the sun, and drank to each other and lit their cigarettes, watching Cergowa hold up the sky.

“Well I like it,” said Kosciejny. “The most important thing is that the little beast doesn’t get scared. Makes a bad job of it, and the meat’s no good. Stinks of fear. It’s worst with a pig. You can’t fool a pig, it’s smart. I’m doin’ a pig tomorrow at your sister’s.”
“Yeah,” Simon Wasylczuk replied.
Who was Kosciejny? His restless spirit drove him to do so many things. In winter he wore a nylon cap with a brim, and in summer he went bareheaded, shriveled by the sun and just as waterproof.“

 

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Andrzej Stasiuk (Warschau, 25 september 1960)

 

De Italiaanse schrijver Niccolò Ammaniti werd geboren in Rome op 25 september 1966. Ammaniti’s eerste boek ‘branchie!’ is in 1994 uitgekomen. In 1995 heeft hij ’Nel nome del figlio’ gepubliceerd op initiatief van zijn vader, Massimo Ammaniti. Het is een verhaal over de problemen van adolescenten. In 1996 volgde ‘Fango’, een verzameling verhalen die hem bekendheid gaf bij het grotere publiek. En een jaar later werd van hem het hoorspel ‘Anche il sole fa schifo’ (Ook de zon staat tegen) uitgezonden op RadioRai. Ammaniti’s bestseller Io non ho paura (Ik ben niet bang) bezorgde hem in 2001 il Premio Viareggio en door de vele herdrukken, waaronder een editie voor scholieren, stond het boek lange tijd hoog in de lijst met best verkopende boeken. De verfilming door Gabriele Salvatores, met een script geschreven door Niccolò zelf en Francesca Marciano, levert hen zelfs een Oscarnominatie op voor beste buitenlandse film.

 

Uit: Zo God het wil (Vertaald door Etta Maris)

 

Cristiano wist nog wat hij droomde toen zijn vader hem wakker had gemaakt.
Beneden in de woonkamer, naast de televisie, stond een groot, lichtgevend aquarium met daarin een groene, glibberige kwal die een heel vreemde taal sprak met allemaal
c’s, z-en en r-en. En het mooie was dat hij die kwal helemaal kon verstaan.
Hoe laat is het eigenlijk? vroeg hij zich gapend af.
De lichtgevende wijzerplaat van de radiowekker op de grond wees drie uur drieëntwintig aan.
Zijn vader stak een sigaret op en blies de rook uit. ‘Die hond hangt me de keel uit.’ ‘Die hond is gewoon gek. Komt door al die stokslagen die hij krijgt…’
Nu zijn hart niet meer zo bonkte, voelde Cristiano de slaap zwaar op zijn oogleden drukken. Hij had een droge mond die smaakte naar de knoflook van de kip van de snackbar. Misschien zou die vieze smaak verdwijnen als hij wat dronk, maar het was te koud om naar de keuken te gaan.
Hij was graag verdergegaan met zijn droom over de kwal op het punt waar hij gebleven was. Hij wreef in zijn ogen.
Waarom ga je niet naar bed? De vraag kwam in hem op, maar hij slikte hem in. Uit de manier waarop zijn vader door de kamer liep viel op te maken dat hij niet van plan was te gaan slapen.
Drie sterren.
Cristiano had een schaal van nul tot vijf om de irritatie van zijn vader te meten.”

 

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Niccolò Ammaniti (Rome, 25 september 1966)

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver William Faulkner werd geboren op 25 september 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008. en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2007 en  mijn blog van 25 september 2006.

 

Uit: The Sound And The Fury 

“Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting. They were coming toward where the flag was and I went along the fence. Luster was hunting in the grass by the flower tree. They took the flag out, and they were hitting. Then they put the flag back and they went to the table, and he hit and the other hit. Then they went on, and I went along the fence. Luster came away from the flower tree and we went along the fence and they stopped and we stopped and I looked through the fence while Luster was hunting in the grass.

“Here, caddie.” He hit. They went away across the pasture. I held to the fence and watched them going away.

“Listen at you, now.” Luster said. “Aint you something, thirty three years old, going on that way. After I done went all the way to town to buy you that cake. Hush up that moaning. Aint you going to help me find that quarter so I can go to the show tonight.”

They were hitting little, across the pasture. I went back along the fence to where the flag was. It flapped on the bright g
rass and the trees.

“Come on.” Luster said. “We done looked there. They aint no more coming right now. Les go down to the branch and find that quarter before them niggers finds it.”

It was red, flapping on the pasture. Then there was a bird slanting and tilting on it. Luster threw. The flag flapped on the bright grass and the trees. I held to the fence.

“Shut up that moaning.” Luster said. “I cant make them come if they aint coming, can I. If you dont hush up, mammy aint going to have no birthday for you. If you dont hush, you know what I going to do. I going to eat that cake all up. Eat them candles, too. Eat all them thirty three candles. Come on, les go down to the branch. I got to find my quarter. Maybe we can find one of they balls. Here. Here they is. Way over yonder. See.” He came to the fence and pointed his arm. “See them. They aint coming back here no more. Come on.”

We went along the fence and came to the garden fence, where our shadows were. My shadow was higher than Luster’s on the fence. We came to the broken place and went through it.

“Wait a minute.” Luster said. “You snagged on that nail again. Cant you never crawl through here without snagging on that nail.”

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William Faulkner (25 september 1897 – 6 juli 1962)

 

De Duitse schrijfster Rebecca Gablé (pseudoniem van Ingrid Krane-Müschen) werd geboren op 25 september 1964 in Wickrath / Mönchengladbach. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.

 

Uit: Die Hüter der Rose

 

Windsor, Mai 1429

John hatte die Hände auf die Oberschenkel gestützt und wollte einen Moment verschnaufen, als der harte Lederball ihn mit einem satten Klatschen in den Rücken traf.
„Na warte, mein König. Das wird dir noch Leid tun!“ Er hob den Ball auf und lief los.
Lachend rannte der siebenjährige Henry vor ihm davon und brüllte über die Schulter: „Ich war’s nicht! Ich war’s nicht! Tudor hat geworfen!“
John blieb stehen, bedachte den Waliser mit einem erbosten Blick, täuschte und warf dann doch nach Henry. Aber der Junge reagierte schnell. Ehe der Ball vor seine magere Brust prallen konnte, fing er ihn auf, lief zum Flussufer hinab und warf ihn über die Schulter Tudor zu, der ihn ins Gras fallen ließ und zu John kickte. Doch der Schuss ging fehl, der Ball rollte zwischen John und dem kleinen König aufs Wasser zu, und alle drei setzten ihm nach. Sie erreichten ihn gleichzeitig und rangelten um ihr kostbares Spielzeug, benutzten Füße und Ellbogen, um die Mitstreiter abzudrängen. Henry steckte so wacker ein, wie er austeilte. Schließlich stellte er Tudor ein Bein, der der Länge nach hinschlug, den König mit sich riss und es irgendwie auch schaffte, John bei diesem Manöver zu Fall zu bringen.
Lachend und keuchend lagen sie schließlich alle drei im Gras.
„Oh nein!“, rief Henry aus. „Nun ist er doch ins Wasser gerollt!“
Betrübt
sahen sie dem Ball hinterher, der rasch in die Flussmitte getrieben wurde und mit der eiligen Strömung Richtung London schwamm.
Tudor seufzte. „Ein Jammer, Sire. Das war mit Abstand der beste, den wir dieses Frühjahr hatten.“
„Und er hat erstaunlich lange gehalten“, stimmte John zu.
Henry setzte sich auf. „Nun, wenn ich meinen Treasurer artig bitte, bekommen wir bestimmt einen neuen.“

 

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Rebecca Gablé (Wickrath, 25 september 1964)

 

De Chinese schrijver Lu Xun werd in 1881 in Shaoxing in de provincie Zhejiang geboren als Zhou Shuren. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.

 

Uit: Tomorrow (Vertaald door Yang Hsien-yi en Gladys Yang)

 

 “Not a sound—what’s wrong with the kid?”

A bowl of yellow wine in his hands, Red-nosed Kung jerked his head towards the next house as he spoke. Blue-skinned Ah-wu set down his own bowl and punched the other hard in the back.

“Bah …” he growled thickly. “Going sentimental again!”

Being so out-of-the-way, Luchen was rather old-fashioned. Folk closed their doors and went to bed before the first watch sounded. By midnight there were only two households awake. Prosperity Tavern where a few gluttons guzzled merrily round the bar, and the house next door where Fourth Shan’s Wife lived. Left a widow two years earlier, she had nothing but the cotton-yarn she spun to support herself and her threeyear-old boy; this is why she also slept late.

It was a fact that for several days now there had been no sound of spinning. But since only two households were awake at midnight, Old Kung and the others were naturally the only ones who would notice if there were any sound from Fourth Shan’s Wife’s house, and the only ones to notice if there were no sound.

After being punched, Old Kung—looking quite at his ease—took a great swig at his wine and piped up a folk tune.

Meanwhile Fourth Shan’s Wife was sitting on the edge of her bed, Pao-erh—her treasure—in her arms, while her loom stood silent on the floor. The murky lamplight fell on Paoerh’s face, which showed livid beneath a feverish flush.

“I’ve drawn lots before the shrine,” she was thinking. “I’ve made a vow to the gods, he’s taken the guaranteed cure. If he still doesn’t get better, what can I do? I shall have to take him to Dr. Ho Hsiao-hsien. But maybe Pao-erh’s only bad at night; when the sun comes out tomorrow his fever may go and he may breathe more easily again. A lot of illnesses are like that.”

Fourth Shan’s Wife was a simple woman, who did not know what a fearful word “but” is. Thanks to this “but,” many bad things turn out well, many good things turn out badly. A summer night is short. Soon after Old Kung and the others stopped singing the sky grew bright in the east; and presently through the cracks in the window filtered the silvery light of dawn.“

 

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Lu Xun (25 september 1881 – 19 oktober 1936)

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 25e september ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

 

Patricia Lasoen, Herbert Heckmann, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, William Michael Rossetti

De Belgische dichteres en schrijfster Patricia Lasoen werd geboren op 25 september 1948 in Brugge. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008. en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2007 en mijn blog van 25 september 2006.

 

 

Genadeloos en fluitend

 

Treinen: hun weg is voorgebaand,
ze zoeven door het landschap
genadeloos; soms lijken ze wel wreed
zoals ze onbarmhartig bermen vol
met bloeiend onkruid achterlaten –
en dan, hoe ze zich in beweging zetten:
nauwelijks merkbaar eerst
met kleine schokjes, en pas na een tijd
komen ze tot hun volle kracht
en fluitend razen ze voorbij signaal
en overweg, en over water
ze komen dan geruisloos stil –
een schok kaatst soms onzacht
hun inhoud en hun doel terug.

Frambozen staan vanzelf
met liefde in verband:
hun zachte huid en nauwelijks voelbare haartjes
worden liefst tegelijk met
lippen, tong en huig geproefd
langzaam smelten ze open
en naderhand weer dicht
je hoeft ze zelfs niet aan te raken –
direct nadien zijn ze ontastbare herinnering.

 

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Patricia Lasoen (Brugge, 25 september 1948)

 

 

 

De Duitse dichter, schrijver en literatuurwetenschapper Herbert Heckmann werd geboren op 25 september 1930 in Frankfurt am Main. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2007 en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.

 

Uit: Die sieben Todsünden

 

” (…) Sein dreißigstes Jahr gedachte er mit einem Fest zu eröffnen, für sich, seine Freundinnen und seine Freunde, reimte Trinksprüche, kaufte ein, daß er krumm ging unter den Lasten, wählte ein rosiges Ferklein aus, die saftigen Lenden eines Hammels, geschmeidige Kalbsnieren, Spargel und Trüffel, Hähnchen zum Introitus und Karamelcrème als Epilog, Käse von Tilsit bis Edam, dazu Trockenbeerenauslese aus fürstlichen Fässern.

Max musste die Taschenuhr seines Vaters versetzen und den Hochzeitsschmuck seiner Mutter, um den frechen Forderungen der Händler ge
wachsen zu sein, verschloß sich dann siegesgewiß in der Küche, stimmte in seinem hungrigen Baß dies und das Trinkliedlein an, daß die Fensterscheiben erzitterten und die Teller schepperten. Er tanzte zwischen Ofen und Tisch, zwischen Tisch und Schrank, zwischen Schrank und Wasserhahn hin und her, Alchemist und Henker zugleich, und las aus den weißgelben Wölkchen, die unter den Deckeln hervorzischten, die hungrige Zukunft. Die zundertrockene Kehle benetzte er, um sich frei zu machen von der schon verdauten Vergangenheit. Der Duft der Gewürze hüllte ihn ein und rötete seine Wangen. (…) ”

 

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Herbert Heckmann (25 september 1930 – 18 oktober 1999)

 

 

De Spaanse schrijver Carlos Ruiz Zafón werd geboren op 25 september 1964 in Barcelona. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2006 en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2007 en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.

 

Uit: The Angel’s Game  

 

A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for a story. He will never forget the sweet poison of vanity in his blood and the belief that, if he succeeds in not letting any­one discover his lack of talent, the dream of literature will provide him with a roof over his head, a hot meal at the end of the day, and what he covets the most: his name printed on a miserable piece of paper that surely will outlive him. A writer is condemned to remember that mo­ment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.
My first time came one faraway day in December 1917. I was seventeen and worked at The Voice of Industry, a newspaper that had seen bet­ter days and now languished in a barn of a building that had once housed a sulfuric acid factory. The walls still oozed the corrosive vapor that ate away at furniture and clothes, sapping the spirits, consuming even the soles of shoes. The newspaper’s headquarters rose behind the forest of an­gels and crosses of the Pueblo Nuevo cemetery; from afar, its outline merged with the mausoleums silhouetted against the horizon–a skyline stabbed by hundreds of chimneys and factories that wove a perpetual twilight of scarlet and black above Barcelona.
On the night that was about to change the course of my life, the newspaper’s deputy editor, Don Basilio Moragas, saw fit to summon me, just before closing time, to the dark cubicle at the far end of the editorial staff room that doubled as his office and cigar den. Don Basilio was a forbidding- looking man with a bushy moustache who did not suffer fools and who subscribed to the theory that the liberal use of adverbs and adjectives was the mark of a pervert or someone with a vitamin deficiency. Any journalist prone to florid prose would be sent off to write fu­neral notices for three weeks. If, after this penance, the culprit relapsed, Don Basilio would ship him off permanently to the “House and Home” pages. We were all terrified of him, and he knew it.
“Did you call me, Don Basilio?” I ventured timidly.”

 

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Barcelona, 25 september 1964)

 

 

De Engelse schrijver en criticus William Michael Rossetti werd geboren in Londen op 25 september 1829. Rossetti was een zoon van de uit Italië gevluchte immigrant Gabriele Rossetti en een broer van Maria Francesca Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti en Christina Rossetti. Samen met zijn broer en onder meer de schilder John Everett Millais behoorde hij tot de oprichters van de kunstenaarsbeweging die bekend werd onder de naam Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti was een belangrijk voorvechter van de beweging. Hij was redacteur van het tijdschrift The Germ, dat de doelstellingen van de Prerafaëlieten uiteenzette. Het blad beleefde overigens slechts vier edities tussen januari en april 1850. Rossetti was tevens kunstcriticus voor The Spectator. Zijn recensies werden in 1867 verzameld en gepubliceerd onder de titel Fine Art, chiefly Contemporary. Ander werk omvat een vertaling in blanke verzen van Dantes Inferno (1865), Lives of Some Famous Poets (1878), A Life of John Keats (1887) en Pre-Raphaelite Diaries and Letters. In 1874 trouwde hij met Lucy Madox Brown, een dochter van de schilder Ford Madox Brown.

 

Uit: The Germ. Thoughts towards Nature in Poetry, Literature and Art

 

„There were in the late summer of 1848, in the Schools of the Royal Academy or barely emergent from them, four young men to whom this condition of the art seemed offensive, contemptible, and even scandalous. Their names were William Holman-Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, painters, and Thomas Woolner, sculptor. Their ages varied from twenty-two to nineteen—Woolner being the eldest, and Millais the youngest. Being little more than lads, these young men were naturally not very deep in either the theory or the practice of art: but they had open eyes and minds, and could discern that some things were good and other bad—that some things they liked, and others they hated. They hated the lack of ideas in art, and the lack of character; the silliness and vacuity which belong to the one, the flimsiness and make-believe which result from the other. They hated those forms of execution which are merely smooth and prettyish, and those which, pretending to mastery, are nothing better than slovenly and slapdash, or what the P.R.B.’s called “sloshy.” Still more did they hate the notion that each artist should not obey his own individual impulse, act upon his own perception and study of Nature, and scrutinize and work at his objective material with assiduity before he could attempt to display and interpret it; but that, instead of all this, he should try to be “like somebody else,” imitating some extant style and manner, and applying the cut-and-dry rules enunciated by A from the practice of B or C. They determined to do the exact contrary. The temper of these striplings, after some years of the current academic training, was the temper of rebels: they meant revolt, and produced revolution. It would be a mistake to suppose, because the called themselves Præraphaelites, that they seriously disliked the works produced by Raphael; but they disliked the works produced by Raphael’s uninspired satellites, and were resolved to find out, by personal study and practice, what their own several faculties and adaptabilities might be, without being bound by rules and big-wiggeries founded upon the performance of Raphael or of any one. They were to have no master except their own powers of mind and hand, and their own first-hand study of Nature.

 

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William Michael Rossetti (25 september 1829 – 5 februari 1919)