Wednesday, June 13, 2018

the last book I ever read (César Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind, excerpt three)

from The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira:

During the taxi ride Delia didn’t sew a stitch or open her mouth. She rode stiffly in the back seat with her gaze fixed on the road, hoping against hope that she would see the truck. Zaralegui didn’t say anything either, but his silence had a different density, because it was the last afternoon of his life. He could have said his last words, but he kept them to himself. He concentrated on driving; though the traffic on the road didn’t demand much attention (there was none), the potholes did. He was a good professional. He must have been intrigued, or at least confused, by what was happening. No one had ever taken him on such an inexplicable trajectory before, and he must have been wondering how far, how long . . . . He wouldn’t wonder much longer, poor man, because very soon he was going to die.

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