Joshua Ferris, Kazuo Ishiguro, Herbert Hindringer, Elfriede Brüning, Margaret Mitchell, Detlef Opitz

De Amerikaanse schrijver Joshua Ferris werd op 8 november 1974 in Danville, Illinois geboren. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Joshua Ferris op dit blog.

Uit: To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

“The mouth is a weird place. Not quite inside and not quite out, not skin and not organ, but something in between: dark, wet, admitting access to an interior most people would rather not contemplate—where cancer starts, where the heart is broken, where the soul might just fail to turn up.
I encouraged my patients to floss. It was hard to do some days. They should have flossed. Flossing prevents periodontal disease and can extend life up to seven years. It’s also time consuming and a general pain in the ass. That’s not the dentist talking. That’s the guy who comes home, four or five drinks in him, what a great evening, ha-has all around, and, the minute he takes up the floss, says to himself, What’s the point? In the end, the heart stops, the cells die, the neurons go dark, bacteria consumes the pancreas, flies lay their eggs, beetles chew through tendons and ligaments, the skin turns to cottage cheese, the bones dissolve, and the teeth float away with the tide. But then someone who never flossed a day in his life would come in, the picture of inconceivable self-neglect and unnecessary pain—rotted teeth, swollen gums, a live wire of infection running from enamel to nerve—and what I called hope, what I called courage, above all what I called defiance, again rose up in me, and I would go around the next day or two saying to all my patients, “You must floss, please floss, flossing makes all the difference.”
A dentist is only half the doctor he claims to be. That he’s also half mortician is the secret he keeps to himself. The ailing bits he tries to turn healthy again. The dead bits he just tries to make presentable. He bores a hole, clears the rot, fills the pit, and seals the hatch. He yanks the teeth, pours the mold, fits the fakes, and paints to match. Open cavities are the eye stones of skulls, and molars stand erect as tombstones.”

 
 Joshua Ferris (Danville, 8 november 1974)

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Zinaida Gippius, Peter Weiss, Bram Stoker, Martha Gellhorn, Carl-Henning Wijkmark

De Russische dichteres en schrijfster Zinaida Gippius werd geboren op 8 november 1869 in Beljov in de buurt van Tula. Zie ook alle tags voor Zinaida Gippius op dit blog en ook mijn blog van 8 november 2009 en ook mijn blog van 8 november 2010.

Our Love Is One

A wave boils with its foam, freezing,
And dissipates – just only once,
A heart could not to live with treason.
No treason! Love is one for us!

We may be angry, may be reasoned,
Or false – but heart did not decline
To black adultery, to treason:
Our soul is one – our love is one.

In its monotony and emptiness,
All life could usually be gone…
And in this life as long as endless,
Our love is one, yes, always one.

 

Helplessness

I look at a sea – the greedy one and fervent,
Chained to the earth, on the depleted shore…
Stand by a gulf – over the endless heavens,
And could not fly to azure, as before.

I didn’t decide to join or slaves, or rebels,
Have no a courage nor to live, nor – die…
I feel my God – but cannot say my prayers,
I want my love – but can’t find love of mine.

I send to sun my worship and my groan,
I see a sheet of clouds, pale and cold…
What is a truth? It seems to me, I know, –
But for the truth I have not the right world.  

 

Vertaald door Yevgeny Bonver

 
Zinaida Gippius (8 november 1869 – 9 september 1945)
Portret door Leon Bakst, 1906

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