Antonio Muñoz Molina, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Dennis Cooper, Saskia Stehouwer, Adrian Kasnitz, Mies Bouhuys, Harrie Geelen, Jared Carter, Yasmina Khadra

De Spaanse schrijver Antonio Muñoz Molina werd geboren op 10 januari 1956 in Úbeda in de provincie Jaén. Zie ook alle tags voor Antonio Muñoz Molina op dit blog.

Uit: A Manuscript of Ashes (Vertaald door Edith Grossman)

“She closed the door very slowly and went out with the stealth of someone leaving a sick person who has just fallen asleep at midnight. I listened to her slow steps along the hallway, fearing or wishing she would return at the last minute to leave her suitcase at the foot of the bed and sit down on the edge with a gesture of surrender or fatigue, as if she had already returned from the journey she had never been able to take until tonight. When the door closed the room was left in darkness, and now my only illumination is the thread of light that enters from the hall and slides in a tapering line to the legs of the bed, but at the window there is dark blue night and through the open shutters comes the breeze of a night that is almost summer, crossed in the far distance by the whistles of express trains that travel under the moon along the livid valley of the Guadalquivir and climb the slopes of Mágina on their way to the station where he, Minaya, is waiting for her now without even daring to hope that Inés, slim and alone, with her short pink skirt and her hair pulled back into a ponytail, will appear at a corner of the platform. He is alone, sitting on a bench, smoking perhaps as he looks at the red lights and the tracks and the cars stopped at the end of the station and of the night. Now, when she closed the door, I can, if I want, imagine him for myself alone, that is, for no one, I can bury my face beneath the turned-down bedclothes that Inés smoothed with so much secret tenderness before she left, and then, waiting in the darkness and in the heat of my body under the sheets, I can imagine or recount what happened and even direct their steps, those of Inés and his, on the way to their encounter and mutual acknowledgment on the empty platform, as if at this moment I had invented and depicted their presence, their desire, and their guilt.”

 
Antonio Muñoz Molina (Úbeda, 10 januari 1956)

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