Friday, August 04, 2006

An Unknown Master

From last week's issue of the New Yorker - this incredible short story by Alberto Mendez (translation of Wikipedia profile here), a Spanish writer I'd never heard of before and who has, apparently, never been published in English before. (Dammit!)

“Violence and pain, rage and weakness eventually blend into a religion of survival, a ritual of hope, in which killer and killed, victim and executioner intone the same psalm; already we speak only the language of the sword or the language of the wound.”
Absolutely brilliant stuff. Go read.

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In other links, this ad for participation in a research study (courtesy: JAP). I especially love the bit about being 'rigorous'. It's research like this that makes me wish I could make a more active contribution to science.

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4 comments:

ZJ said...

You've never read anything by Mendez before? Not even Los Girasoles Ciegos? Shame on you dirty philistine!

Sony Pony said...

indeed, wonderful...

Falstaff said...

zj: :-(. What can I say - I'm ashamed. My only excuse is that I understand all of four words of Spanish, so reading a Spanish author who has never been published in English is a leetle difficult.

sony pony: :-).

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