Patrick deWitt, Gabriel García Márquez, Jeremy Reed, Marijke Hanegraaf, Thomas Acda, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Michelangelo

De Canadese schrijver en scenarist Patrick deWitt werd geboren op 6 maart 1975 op Vancouver Island. Zie ook alle tags voor Patrick deWitt op dit blog.

Uit: Ablutions

“You are sitting in the magical Ford outside the bar when Junior the crack addict walks up and steps into the car and you both sit there watching the building. His smell is otherworldly, like a demon from deep in the earth’s crust, and he repeatedly passes the fiercest gas; he has been too long without his drugs and his body is causing a fuss. He does not greet you and you do not greet him; a rift has grown between you recently, or rather a rift has grown between Junior and everyone—he is in the worst way and the doormen say he has been robbing people with his machete blade after hours. You are not afraid of him and you do not believe he would ever do you any harm but you wish he were somewhere other than sitting at your side, wondering about the contents of your pockets.
He is fidgeting with a lighter and finally he says to you, “I need twenty dollars, man. I need it bad.” When you tell him you haven’t got any money he punches your dashboard and pouts, asking himself how long this torture might go on. You tell him to wait a minute and you enter the empty bar, retrieving twenty dollars from the safe. You walk it out to him and he is relieved to see this money but wants to know where it came from. When you tell him you stole it he looks worried and asks if you won’t get into trouble, which is insulting because you know he does not actually care one way or the other. “Do your drugs or don’t do your drugs,” you say. “Don’t stand around sobbing and bitching about it.” He straightens himself up and nods and hustles off to find his dealer. All through the night you are bothered by guilt and self-loathing for speaking with him so harshly and angered that such a man could conjure these emotions in you.
Discuss your feeling of wonder when the pilfered twenty dollars is not reported missing at the end of the night. Discuss your routine of thieving that stems from this incident, and the criminal spree you quickly embark upon.
Your plan is to keep an at-home stolen-monies pile, separate from your life-monies pile, and to cultivate it to a respectable size and then, at some key point, utilize it dramatically. Within a month you have three hundred dollars and you feel great relief and satisfaction, as if justice has been served, and you wonder why you waited until this late date to begin stealing from the owner, who you (on a whim) decide is a bad man who expects you to gladly damage your mind and body with this potentially deadly work of washing dishes in a bar, and who has never asked you how your feelings were doing even though it is fairly obvious that they, your feelings, have been hurt and are still hurting yet.”

 
Patrick deWitt (Vancouver Island, 6 maart 1975)

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Patrick deWitt, Gabriel García Márquez, Jeremy Reed, Marijke Hanegraaf, Thomas Acda, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Michelangelo

De Canadese schrijver en scenarist Patrick deWitt werd geboren op 6 maart 1975 op Vancouver Island. Zie ook alle tags voor Patrick deWitt op dit blog.

Uit: Undermajordomo Minor

“These words played in Lucy’s head as he stood on the platform awaiting the Count and Countess’s arrival. As the train came into the station, he could hear a man’s wild cackling; when the Count emerged from his compartment he was quite obviously drunken, swaying in place, a cigar planted in the fold of his slick, blubbery mouth. His skull was a softly pink egg, his eyes blood-daubed yolks — he drew back from the sunlight as one scalded. Once recovered, he focused on Lucy, gripping him by the lapel. “Ah, Broom, happy to see you again, boy.”
“Yes, sir, nice to see you, as well. Only I’m not Mr Broom; my name is Lucy.”
“What?”
“My name is Lucy, sir.”
The Count stared. “You’re Broom.”
“I’m not he, sir.”
“Well, where has Broom run off to?”
“He has died, sir.”
The Count leaned back on his heels. Speaking over his shoulder and into the blackened compartment, he said, “Did you know about this?”
“About what?” said the Countess.
“Broom is dead.”
“Who?”
“The servant lad? Broom? You were so fond of him last time we visited.”
“Oh, yes, him. Nice boy — nice colouring. He’s dead, you say?”
“Dead as dinner, apparently.”
“How did he die?”
“I don’t know how.” The Count looked at Lucy. “How?”
Lucy said, “He was possessed by a wickedness and so cast himself into the Very Large Hole, sir.”
The Count made an irritable face.
“Did he say a very large hole?” the Countess asked.”

 
Patrick deWitt (Vancouver Island, 6 maart 1975)

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Patrick deWitt, Gabriel García Márquez, Jeremy Reed, Marijke Hanegraaf, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord

De Canadese schrijver en scenarist Patrick deWitt werd geboren op 6 maart 1975 op Vancouver Island. Zie ook alle tags voor Patrick deWitt op dit blog.

Uit: Undermajordomo Minor

“On the morning of the guests’ arrival, Mr Olderglough had taken Lucy aside and told him, “I will look after the Duke and Duchess, and you will mind the Count and Countess. Is that quite all right with you, boy?”
Lucy answered that it was, but it struck him as curious, for Mr Olderglough had never positioned an instruction in so accommodating a manner before. “May I ask why you prefer the Duke and Duchess to the Count and Countess?” he said.
Here Mr Olderglough nodded, as if he had been found out. “We have been through a good deal together, you and I, and so I feel I can speak to you in confidence, and as a peer. Are you comfortable with that?”
“Of course, sir.”
“Very good. Well, boy, if I’m to address the truth of the matter, none of the coming guests is what might be called desirable company. Actually, I have in the past found them to be distinctly undesirable.”
“In what way, sir?”
“In many ways which you will, I fear, discover for yourself. But your question, if I understand correctly, is to wonder which of the two parties is the worse, isn’t that right?”
“I suppose so, sir.”
“Then I must tell you that the Count and Countess merit that prize, handily. And while I feel on the one hand duty-bound to take the heavier burden unto myself, I must also recognize that I simply haven’t the capacities I once did. To look after people such as those who are coming to stay with us is a young man’s game, and I am not young any longer, and so I take the simpler path, though you may rest assured that when I say simpler, I do not mean simple. The Duke and Duchess are no stroll in the park, and I can attest to that personally, and at length.” Mr Olderglough stepped closer, his eyes filled with ugly memories. “Be on your guard with these people, boy. They answer to no one. They never have, and they never will.”

 
 Patrick deWitt (Vancouver Island, 6 maart 1975)

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Gabriel García Márquez, Marijke Hanegraaf, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stéphane Hoffmann, Michelangelo, Teru Miyamoto

De Colombiaanse schrijver Gabriel García Márquez werd op 6 maart 1928 in de kustplaats Aracataca geboren. Zie ook alle tags voor Gabriel García Márquez op dit blog.

Uit: Honderd jaar eenzaamheid (Vertaald door C.A.G. van den Broek)

“Ze gaf opdracht tot de bouw van een salon voor de visite, een gerieflijker en koeler vertrek voor dagelijks gebruik, een eetzaal voor een tafel met twaalf plaatsen waaraan de familie met twaalf gasten kon aanzitten, negen slaapkamers met ramen die uitkwamen op de patio en een grote waranda die tegen de hitte van het middaguur beschermd moest worden door een rozentuin en voorzien moest zijn van een balustrade waarop potten met varens en vazen met begonia’s konden worden geplaatst.”
(…)

“En ze hoefde ook niet te kunnen kijken om te beseffen dat de bloemperken, die tijdens de eerste verbouwing met zoveel toewijding waren verzorgd, door de regen vernietigd en door Aureliano Segundo’s graafwerk omgespit waren en dat de wanden en de cementen vloeren vol scheuren zaten, de meubels wankel en verschoten waren, de deuren uit hun hengsels hingen en de familie bedreigd werd door een gelaten, zwartgallige stemming die in haar tijd ondenkbaar zou zijn geweest.” 
(…)

“Toen sloeg hij nog een stukje over om op de voorspellingen vooruit te lopen en de datum en de omstandigheden van zijn dood op te zoeken. Maar nog voordat hij bij het laatste vers was gekomen had hij al begrepen dat hij deze kamer nooit meer zou verlaten, want het stond geschreven dat de stad van de spiegels (of spiegelingen) door de wind weggevaagd en uit de herinnering der mensen weggewist zou worden zodra Aureliano Babilonia de perkamenten tot het einde toe ontcijferd had – en dat alles, wat daarin beschreven stond, voor altijd en eeuwig onherhaalbaar was, omdat de geslachten, die gedoemd zijn tot honderd jaar eenzaamheid, geen tweede kans krijgen op aarde.”

 
Gabriel García Márquez (6 maart 1928 – 17 april 2014)

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Gabriel García Márquez, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stéphane Hoffmann, Michelangelo, Teru Miyamoto

De Colombiaanse schrijver Gabriel García Márquez werd op 6 maart 1928 in de kustplaats Aracataca geboren. Zie ook alle tags voor Gabriel García Márquez op dit blog.

Uit: Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Vertaald door Edith Grossman)

“The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin. I thought of Rosa Cabarcas, the owner of an illicit house who would inform her good clients when she had a new girl available. I never succumbed to that or to any of her many other lewd temptations, but she did not believe in the purity of my principles. Morality, too, is a question of time, she would say with a malevolent smile, you’ll see. She was a little younger than I, and I hadn’t heard anything about her for so many years that she very well might have died. But after the first ring I recognized the voice on the phone, and with no preambles I fired at her:
“Today’s the day.”
She sighed: Ah, my sad scholar, you disappear for twenty years and come back only to ask for the impossible. She regained mastery of her art at once and offered me half a dozen delectable options, but all of them, to be frank, were used. I said no, insisting the girl had to be a virgin and available that very night. She asked in alarm: What are you trying to prove? Nothing, I replied, wounded to the core, I know very well what I can and cannot do. Unmoved, she said that scholars may know it all, but they don’t know everything: The only Virgos left in the world are people like you who were born in August. Why didn’t you give me more time? Inspiration gives no warnings, I said. But perhaps it can wait, she said, always more knowledgeable than any man, and she asked for just two days to make a thorough investigation of the market.
I replied in all seriousness that in an affair such as this, at my age, each hour is like a year. Then it can’t be done, she said without the slightest doubt, but it doesn’t matter, it’s more exciting this way, what the hell, I’ll call you in an hour.
I don’t have to say it because people can see it from leagues away: I’m ugly, shy, and anachronistic. But by dint of not wanting to be those things I have pretended to be just the opposite. Until today, when I have resolved to tell of my own free will just what I’m like, if only to ease my conscience. I have begun with my unusual call to Rosa Cabarcas because, seen from the vantage point of today, that was the beginning of a new life at an age when most mortals have already died.”

 
Gabriel García Márquez (Aracataca, 6 maart 1928)

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Gabriel García Márquez, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stéphane Hoffmann, Michelangelo

De Colombiaanse schrijver Gabriel García Márquez werd op 6 maart 1928 in de kustplaats Aracataca geboren. Zie ook alle tags voor Gabriel García Márquez op dit blog.

 

Uit: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Vertaald door Gregory Rabassa)

“When José Arcadio Buendía and the four men of his expedition managed to take the armour apart, they found inside a calcified skeleton with a copper locket containing a woman’s hair around its neck.

In March the gypsies returned. This time they brought a telescope and a magnifying glass the size of a drum, which they exhibited as the latest discovery of the Jews of Amsterdam. They placed a gypsy woman at one end of the village and set up the telescope at the entrance to the tent. For the price of five reales, people could look into the telescope and see the gypsy woman an arm’s length away. ‘Science has eliminated distance,’ Melquíades proclaimed. ‘In a short time, man will be able to see what is happening in any place in the world without leaving his own house.’ A burning noonday sun brought out a startling demonstration with the gigantic magnifying glass: they put a pile of dry hay in the middle of the street and set it on fire by concentrating the sun’s rays. José Arcadio Buendía, who had still not been consoled for the failure of his magnets, conceived the idea of using that invention as a weapon of war. Again Melquíades tried to dissuade him, but he finally accepted the two magnetized ingots and three colonial coins in exchange for the magnifying glass. Úrsula wept in consternation. That money was from a chest of gold coins that her father had put together over an entire life of privation and that she had buried underneath her bed in hopes of a proper occasion to make use of it. José Arcadio Buendía made no attempt to console her, completely absorbed in his tactical experiments with the abnegation of a scientist and even at the risk of his own life. In an attempt to show the effects of the glass on enemy troops, he exposed himself to the concentration of the sun’s rays and suffered burns which turned into sores that took a long time to heal. Over the protests of his wife, who was alarmed at such a dangerous invention, at one point he was ready to set the house on fire. He would spend hours on end in his room, calculating the strategic possibilities of his novel weapon until he succeeded in putting together a manual of startling instructional clarity and an irresistible power of conviction. He sent it to the government, accompanied by numerous descriptions of his experiments and several pages of explanatory sketches, by a messenger who crossed the mountains, got lost in measureless swamps, forded stormy rivers, and was on the point of perishing under the lash of despair, plague, and wild beasts until he found a route that joined the one used by the mules that carried the mail.”

 

Gabriel García Márquez (Aracataca, 6 maart 1928)

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Gabriel García Márquez, Günter Kunert, Clark Accord, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stéphane Hoffmann

De Colombiaanse schrijver Gabriel García Márquez werd op 6 maart 1928 in de kustplaats Aracataca geboren. Zie ook alle tags voor Gabriel García Márquez op dit blog.

 

Uit: Leben, um davon zu erzählen (Vertaald door Dagmar Ploetz)

„Meine Mutter bat mich, sie zum Verkauf des Hauses zu begleiten. Sie war morgens in Barranquilla eingetroffen, kam aus dem fernen Städtchen, in dem die Familie wohnte, und hatte keine Ahnung, wie sie mich finden sollte. Sie fragte hier und dort bei Bekannten nach, und man gab ihr den Hinweis, in der Buchhandlung Mundo oder in den Cafes der Umge­bung zu suchen, wo ich mich zweimal täglich mit meinen Schriftstellerfreunden zu treffen pflegte. Der das sagte, warnte sie: »Nehmen Sie sich in Acht, die sind völlig durchgedreht.« Punkt zwölf war sie da. Mit ihrem leichtfüßigen Schritt bahn­te sie sich den Weg durch die Büchertische, stand vor mir, schaute mir mit dem schalkhaften Lächeln ihrer besten Tage in die Augen und sagte, noch bevor ich reagieren konnte:
»Ich bin deine Mutter.«
Etwas an ihr hatte sich verändert, was mir nicht erlaubte, sie auf den ersten Blick zu erkennen. Sie war fünfundvierzig Jahre alt. Zählt man die elf Geburten zusammen, war sie fast zehn Jahre lang schwanger gewesen und hatte mindestens noch einmal so lang ihre Kinder gestillt. Sie war vor der Zeit vollständig ergraut, die Augen wirkten größer und erstaunt hinter ihrer ersten Bifokalbrille, und sie trug strenge Trauer wegen des Todes ihrer Mutter, hatte jedoch die römische Schönheit ihres Hochzeitsfotos bewahrt, die eine herbstliche Aura nun mit Würde umgab. Zuallererst, noch bevor sie mich umarmte, sagte sie in ihrer gewohnt zeremoniösen Art:
»Ich bin gekommen, weil ich dich um den Gefallen bitten möchte, mich zum Verkauf des Hauses zu begleiten.«
Sie musste nicht sagen, wohin, noch um welches Haus es sich handelte, denn für uns gab es nur eins auf der Welt: das alte Haus der Großeltern in Aracataca, in dem geboren zu werden ich das Glück hatte und in dem ich seit meinem achten Lebensjahr nicht mehr gewohnt habe. Ich hatte gerade die juristische Fakultät nach sechs Semestern verlassen, die ich vor allem dazu genutzt hatte, alles, was mir in die Hände kam, zu lesen und die unvergleichliche Poesie des spanischen Siglo de Oro auswendig zu rezitieren.“

 


Gabriel García Márquez (Aracataca, 6 maart 1928)

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