An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira:
Locusts. The biblical plaque had passed that way. That was the solution, revealed to them at last by the guide. It he had delayed doing so, it was only because he wanted to be sure. He had recognized the signs by hearsay, never having seen them with his own eyes. He had also been told about the sight of the swarm in action, but preferred not to talk about that, considering the results, fancy could hardly have outstripped the facts. Alluding to his friend’s disappointment at having missed the Indians, Krause asked if he did not regret having arrived too late on this occasion too. Rugendas imagined it. A green field, suddenly smothered by a buzzing cloud, and, a moment later, nothing. Could a painting capture that? No. An action painting, perhaps.