Isaac Bashevis Singer, Marilyn French, Margriet de Moor, Veza Canetti, Freya North

De Amerikaans-Poolse schrijver Isaac Bashevis Singer werd geboren op 21 november 1904 als Isaac Hertz Singer in Radzymin, Polen. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 november 2006 en ook mijn blog van 21 november 2007 en ook mijn blog van 21 november 2008 en ook mijn blog van 21 november 2009.

Uit: Fool’s Paradise

 

„Somewhere, sometime, there lived a rich man whose name was Kadish. He had an only son who was called Atzel. In the household of Kadish there lived a distant relative, an orphan girl, called Aksah. Atzel was a tall boy with black hair and black eyes. Aksah was somewhat shorter than Atzel, and she had blue eyes and golden hair. Both were about the same age. As children, they ate together, studied together, played together. Atzel played the husband; Aksah, his wife. It was taken for granted that when they grew up they would really marry.

But when they had grown up, Atzel suddenly became ill. It was a sickness no one had ever heard of before: Atzel imagined that he was dead.

How did such an idea come to him? It seems it came from listening to stories about paradise. He had had an old nurse who had constantly described the place to him. She had told him that in paradise it was not necessary to work or to study or make any effort whatsoever. In paradise one ate the meat of wild oxen and the flesh of whales; one drank the wine that the Lord reserved for the just; one slept late into the day; and one had no duties.

Atzel was lazy by nature. He hated to get up early in the morning and to study languages and science. He knew that one day he would have to take over his father’s business and he did not want to.

Since his old nurse had told Atzel that the only way to get to paradise was to die, he had made up his mind to do just that as quickly as possible. He thought and brooded about it so much that soon he began to imagine that he was dead.

Of course his parents became terribly worried when theysaw what was happening to Atzel. Aksah cried in secret. The family did everything possible to try to convince Atzel that he was alive, but he refused to believe them. He would say, “Why don’t you bury me? You see that I am dead. Because of you I cannot get to paradise.”

Many doctors were called in to examine Atzel, and all tried to convince the boy that he was alive. They pointed out that he was talking, eating, and sleeping. But before long Atzel began to eat less and he rarely spoke. His family feared that he would die.“

 

 

 Isaac Bashevis Singer (21 november 1904 – 24 juli 1991)

 Portret door Sylvia Ary, 1935

 

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Arthur Quiller-Couch, Wilhelm Waiblinger, Voltaire, Franz Hessel

De Engelse schrijver en crticus Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch werd geboren op 21 november 1863 in Bodmin, Cornwall. Zie ook mijn blog van 21 november 2008 en ook mijn blog van 21 november 2009.

Uit: The Astonishing History of Troy Town

“Any news to-night?” asked Admiral Buzza, leading a trump.

“Hush, my love,” interposed his wife timidly, with a glance at the Vicar.  She liked to sit at her husband’s left, and laid her small cards before him as so many tributes to his greatness.

“I will not hush, Emily.  I repeat, is there any news to-night?”

Miss Limpenny, his hostess and vis-a-vis, finding the Admiral’s eye fierce upon her, coughed modestly and announced that twins had just arrived to the postmistress.  Her manner, as she said this, implied

that, for aught she knew, they had come with the letters.

The Vicar took the trick and gathered it up in silence.  He was a portly, antique gentleman, with a fine taste for scandal in its proper place, but disliked conversation during a rubber.

“Twins, eh?” growled the Admiral.  “Just what I expected.  She always was a wasteful woman.”

“My love!” expostulated his wife.  Miss Limpenny blushed.

“They’ll come to the workhouse,” he went on, “and serve him right for making such a marriage.”

“I have heard that his heart is in the right place,” pleaded Miss Limpenny, “but he used–“

“Eh, ma’am?”

“It’s of no consequence,” said Miss Limpenny, with becoming bashfulness.  “It’s only that he always used, in sorting his cards, to sit upon his trumps–that always seemed to me–“

“Just so,” replied the Admiral, “and now it’s twins.  Bless the man! what next?”

 

 

Arthur Quiller-Couch (21 november 1863 – 12 mei 1944)

 

 

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Kerstin Preiwuß

De Duitse dichteres en schrijfster Kerstin Preiwuß werd geboren op 21 november 1980 in Lübz en groeide op in Plau am See en Rostock. Zie ook mijn blog van 14 juli 2009 en ook mijn blog van 14 juli 2010.

 

einmal sind von anatomischen tischen

einmal sind von anatomischen tischen
die apokalyptischen reiter durch mein gesicht gezogen
nun ist es verbogen
habe es abgenommen und in eine hand gelegt
kann’s kaum verwinden
dass sie ein stillleben trägt

warte, bis mir ein neues wächst
die reiter warten mit mir mit
ihr rückzug steht fest
dann hab ich zwei schalen, eine waage
in die ich mein leben werfen kann
soweit zum wiedergang

 

najade (na ja)

wasserweib nur meerschaum weiß
davon: woher ich komm
wohin ich ging: vorhin
war ich noch viel zu schwer
jetzt bekleidet mich das meer

 


Kerstin Preiwuß (Lübz, 21 november 1980)