Christopher Brookmyre, Jennifer Egan, Aart G. Broek, Alice Sebold, Julien Green, Jessica Durlacher

De Schotse schrijver Christopher Brookmyre werd geboren op 6 september 1968 in Glasgow. Zie ook mijn blog van 6 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Christopher Brookmyre op dit blog.

 

Uit: Bedlam

 

This is not the end of the world, Ross told himself.

He closed his eyes as a low hum began to sound around him, heralding the commencement of the scan. The effect was more white-out than black-out, the reflective tiles filling the room with greater light than the fine membranes of his eyelids could possibly block.

He should look upon all of it as a new start; several new starts, in fact. Yes: multiple, simultaneous, unforeseen, unwanted and utterly unappealing new beginnings. Welcome to your future.

As he lay on the slab he conducted a quick audit of all the things that had gone wrong in the couple of hours since he’d stepped off his morning bus into a squall of Scottish rain and a lungful of diesel fumes on his way to work. He concluded that it wasn’t a brain scan he needed: it was a brain transplant. Nonetheless, as the scan-heads zipped and buzzed above him, for the briefest moment he enjoyed a sense of his mind being completely empty, an awareness of a fleeting disconnection from his thoughts, as though they were a vinyl record from which the needle had been temporarily raised.

‘Hey Solderburn, are we clear?’ he asked, keeping his eyes closed just in case.

There was no reply. Then he recalled the capricious ruler of the Research and Development Lab telling him to bang on the door if there was a problem, so he deduced there was no internal monitoring.

He opened his eyes and sat up. It was only a moment after he had done so that he realised the tracks and scan-heads were no longer there. He did a double-take, wondering if the whole framework had been automatically withdrawn into some hidden wall-recess: it was the kind of pointless feature Solderburn was known to spend weeks implementing, even though it was of no intrinsic value.”

 

 

 

Christopher Brookmyre (Glasgow, 6 september 1968)

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Grote Prins Claus Prijs voor Ahmed Fouad Negm

 

De Egyptische dichter Ahmed Fouad Negm ontvangt dit jaar de Grote Prins Claus Prijs. Prins Constantijn zal de prijs op 11 december in het Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam aan hem uitreiken. Ahmed Fouad Negm werd op 22 mei 1929 in Ash Sharqiyah geboren. Zie ook alle tags voor Ahmed Fouad Negm op dit blog.

 

 

What’s wrong with our president?


I never fret, and will always say
A word, for which, I am responsible
That the president is a compassionate man
Constantly, busy working for his people
Busy, gathering their money
Outside, in Switzerland, saving it for us
In secret bank accounts
Poor guy, looking out for our future
Can’t you see his kindly heart?
In faith and good conscience
He only starves you; so you’d lose the weight
O what a people! In need of a diet
O the ignorance! You talk of “unemployment”
And how condition have become dysfunctional
The man just wants to see you rested
Since when was rest such a burden?
And this talk of the resorts
Why do they call them political prisons?
Why do you have to be so suspicious?
He just wants you to have some fun
With regards to “The Chair]”
It is without a doubt
All our fault!!
Couldn’t we buy him a Taflon Chair?
I swear, you mistreated the poor man
He wasted his life away, and for what?
Even your food, he eats it for you!
Devouring all that’s in his way
After all this, what’s wrong with our president?

 

 

 

Vertaald door Walaa Quisay

 

 



Ahmed Fouad Negm (Ash Sharqiyah, 22 mei 1929)