De Poolse schrijver en letterkundige Andrzej Stasiuk werd geboren op 25 september 1960 in Warschau. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.
Uit: Tales Of Galicia (Vertaald door Margarita Nafpaktitis)
„Simon Wasylczuk showed up at Kosciejny's and said "come on." Kosciejny took a long, narrow knife out from behind the doorframe. They walked two houses further down. Simon led out a mournful-faced sheep and averted his gaze. Mount Cergowa was holding up the sky as usual, and snow still lay on its peak between the trees. It was over in a second. They lifted the animal up and hung it on a bare apple tree by a tendon in its hind leg.
Kosciejny looked like he usually did, a little like a scarecrow that had just escaped from the garden. That's exactly how skinny, forty-year-old men in overalls look. Time rubs their features away, and it's only in old age, when they have become reconciled with it, that they get their own one-of-a-kind faces back. Maybe so death can tell them apart.
But he wasn't thinking about death. Life was keeping him busy. He cut off the head with short, quick strokes. Two mongrels were hanging around nearby. Then the tip of the knife slipped along the belly, along the legs, and the skin came off like a stocking. Steam was rising in the cold morning air. It was already over — skin, carcass, entrails, everything neatly separated. A simple and precise dissection of existence.
"Should I cut it up?" asked Kosciejny.
"I'll cut it up myself. I just don't like doing the killing," said Simon Wasylczuk. He went into the house and came back with a bottle. They sat down against the wall of the barn, in the sun, and drank to each other and lit their cigarettes, watching Cergowa hold up the sky.
"Well I like it," said Kosciejny. "The most important thing is that the little beast doesn't get scared. Makes a bad job of it, and the meat's no good. Stinks of fear. It's worst with a pig. You can't fool a pig, it's smart. I'm doin' a pig tomorrow at your sister's."
"Yeah," Simon Wasylczuk replied.
Who was Kosciejny? His restless spirit drove him to do so many things. In winter he wore a nylon cap with a brim, and in summer he went bareheaded, shriveled by the sun and just as waterproof.“
Andrzej Stasiuk (Warschau, 25 september 1960)
De Amerikaanse schrijver William Faulkner werd geboren op 25 september 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008. en ook mijn blog van 25 september 2007 en mijn blog van 25 september 2006.
Uit: The Sound And The Fury
“Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting. They were coming toward where the flag was and I went along the fence. Luster was hunting in the grass by the flower tree. They took the flag out, and they were hitting. Then they put the flag back and they went to the table, and he hit and the other hit. Then they went on, and I went along the fence. Luster came away from the flower tree and we went along the fence and they stopped and we stopped and I looked through the fence while Luster was hunting in the grass.
"Here, caddie." He hit. They went away across the pasture. I held to the fence and watched them going away.
"Listen at you, now." Luster said. "Aint you something, thirty three years old, going on that way. After I done went all the way to town to buy you that cake. Hush up that moaning. Aint you going to help me find that quarter so I can go to the show tonight."
They were hitting little, across the pasture. I went back along the fence to where the flag was. It flapped on the bright grass and the trees.
"Come on." Luster said. "We done looked there. They aint no more coming right now. Les go down to the branch and find that quarter before them niggers finds it."
It was red, flapping on the pasture. Then there was a bird slanting and tilting on it. Luster threw. The flag flapped on the bright grass and the trees. I held to the fence.
"Shut up that moaning." Luster said. "I cant make them come if they aint coming, can I. If you dont hush up, mammy aint going to have no birthday for you. If you dont hush, you know what I going to do. I going to eat that cake all up. Eat them candles, too. Eat all them thirty three candles. Come on, les go down to the branch. I got to find my quarter. Maybe we can find one of they balls. Here. Here they is. Way over yonder. See." He came to the fence and pointed his arm. "See them. They aint coming back here no more. Come on."
We went along the fence and came to the garden fence, where our shadows were. My shadow was higher than Luster's on the fence. We came to the broken place and went through it.
"Wait a minute." Luster said. "You snagged on that nail again. Cant you never crawl through here without snagging on that nail."
William Faulkner (25 september 1897 - 6 juli 1962)
De Duitse schrijfster Rebecca Gablé (pseudoniem van Ingrid Krane-Müschen) werd geboren op 25 september 1964 in Wickrath / Mönchengladbach. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.
Uit: Die Hüter der Rose
„Windsor, Mai 1429
John hatte die Hände auf die Oberschenkel gestützt und wollte einen Moment verschnaufen, als der harte Lederball ihn mit einem satten Klatschen in den Rücken traf.
„Na warte, mein König. Das wird dir noch Leid tun!“ Er hob den Ball auf und lief los.
Lachend rannte der siebenjährige Henry vor ihm davon und brüllte über die Schulter: „Ich war’s nicht! Ich war’s nicht! Tudor hat geworfen!“
John blieb stehen, bedachte den Waliser mit einem erbosten Blick, täuschte und warf dann doch nach Henry. Aber der Junge reagierte schnell. Ehe der Ball vor seine magere Brust prallen konnte, fing er ihn auf, lief zum Flussufer hinab und warf ihn über die Schulter Tudor zu, der ihn ins Gras fallen ließ und zu John kickte. Doch der Schuss ging fehl, der Ball rollte zwischen John und dem kleinen König aufs Wasser zu, und alle drei setzten ihm nach. Sie erreichten ihn gleichzeitig und rangelten um ihr kostbares Spielzeug, benutzten Füße und Ellbogen, um die Mitstreiter abzudrängen. Henry steckte so wacker ein, wie er austeilte. Schließlich stellte er Tudor ein Bein, der der Länge nach hinschlug, den König mit sich riss und es irgendwie auch schaffte, John bei diesem Manöver zu Fall zu bringen.
Lachend und keuchend lagen sie schließlich alle drei im Gras.
„Oh nein!“, rief Henry aus. „Nun ist er doch ins Wasser gerollt!“
Betrübt sahen sie dem Ball hinterher, der rasch in die Flussmitte getrieben wurde und mit der eiligen Strömung Richtung London schwamm.
Tudor seufzte. „Ein Jammer, Sire. Das war mit Abstand der beste, den wir dieses Frühjahr hatten.“
„Und er hat erstaunlich lange gehalten“, stimmte John zu.
Henry setzte sich auf. „Nun, wenn ich meinen Treasurer artig bitte, bekommen wir bestimmt einen neuen.“
Rebecca Gablé (Wickrath, 25 september 1964)
De Chinese schrijver Lu Xun werd in 1881 in Shaoxing in de provincie Zhejiang geboren als Zhou Shuren. Zie ook mijn blog van 25 september 2008.
Uit: Tomorrow (Vertaald door Yang Hsien-yi en Gladys Yang)
"Not a sound—what's wrong with the kid?"
A bowl of yellow wine in his hands, Red-nosed Kung jerked his head towards the next house as he spoke. Blue-skinned Ah-wu set down his own bowl and punched the other hard in the back.
"Bah ..." he growled thickly. "Going sentimental again!"
Being so out-of-the-way, Luchen was rather old-fashioned. Folk closed their doors and went to bed before the first watch sounded. By midnight there were only two households awake. Prosperity Tavern where a few gluttons guzzled merrily round the bar, and the house next door where Fourth Shan's Wife lived. Left a widow two years earlier, she had nothing but the cotton-yarn she spun to support herself and her threeyear-old boy; this is why she also slept late.
It was a fact that for several days now there had been no sound of spinning. But since only two households were awake at midnight, Old Kung and the others were naturally the only ones who would notice if there were any sound from Fourth Shan's Wife's house, and the only ones to notice if there were no sound.
After being punched, Old Kung—looking quite at his ease—took a great swig at his wine and piped up a folk tune.
Meanwhile Fourth Shan's Wife was sitting on the edge of her bed, Pao-erh—her treasure—in her arms, while her loom stood silent on the floor. The murky lamplight fell on Paoerh's face, which showed livid beneath a feverish flush.
"I've drawn lots before the shrine," she was thinking. "I've made a vow to the gods, he's taken the guaranteed cure. If he still doesn't get better, what can I do? I shall have to take him to Dr. Ho Hsiao-hsien. But maybe Pao-erh's only bad at night; when the sun comes out tomorrow his fever may go and he may breathe more easily again. A lot of illnesses are like that."
Fourth Shan's Wife was a simple woman, who did not know what a fearful word "but" is. Thanks to this "but," many bad things turn out well, many good things turn out badly. A summer night is short. Soon after Old Kung and the others stopped singing the sky grew bright in the east; and presently through the cracks in the window filtered the silvery light of dawn.“
Lu Xun (25 september 1881 – 19 oktober 1936)
Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 25e september ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.
25-09-2009 om 20:35
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