By Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
Nobody has written extra feelingly and extra superbly than Nescio concerning the insanity and unhappiness, braveness and vulnerability of youngster: its great plans and imprecise longings, let alone the binges, crashes, and marathon walks and talks. not anyone, for that subject, has written with such pristine readability concerning the radiating canals of Amsterdam and the cloud-swept panorama of the Netherlands.
Who used to be Nescio? Nescio--Latin for "I don't know"--was the pen identify of J.H.F. Grönloh, the hugely profitable director of the Holland--Bombay buying and selling corporation and a father of four--someone who knew good enough approximately decent adulthood. in basic terms in his spare time and less than the canopy of a pseudonym, as though commemorating a misplaced self, did he enable himself cross, generating over the process his lifetime a handful of completely unique tales that include probably the most luminous pages in sleek literature.
This is the 1st English translation of Nescio's tales.
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But summer is coming and I’m afraid: how can I keep it away from the clothes moths? ” “I can’t answer you. ” “I don’t know what to tell you. At that very time, a lot of people were dying in the streets. ” “I can’t, señora, forgive me; since the last rally suppressed by the police, I have generated a strange impotence: I was at a café reading my poetry and by chance I saw a grenade explode right next to the legs of a young woman and the façade of the National Library. ” “Because of a state decree: I will be preserved as a living image of a world in decline.
I said, turning around towards the bird that was approaching me. Immediately, I knew the die had been cast: the animal was coming toward me, ready with the severity of his look, and the giddy turn of his wings, to describe a labyrinth of roads and fences around my body. It was a shame that, among the many acrobats who moved around at night, he had to choose me for his turns. But even before I came in front of them, I knew it was my turn, not because of me especially, but for the simple reason that the birds had been perched on the building’s pergola for some time, looking over from the vantage point, under the arcade, on the porch with metal edges.
Don’t insist: I’ll go,” said the first old man, and he stayed sitting down. —— 40 —— 25 As I was walking along, a mistake from my youth began to crowd my path. I said to her, “Let me get by, I’m in a hurry,” and the mistake answered me with sheets of paper and books in hand. The sheets I had forgotten. They were papers full of signs, papers from bars and movie theatres; I had doodled on them, scribbling engagements and memories, little encasements for words which were meant to capture each frivolous, fleeting, and chilling moment.