Monday, January 24, 2022

the last book I ever read (The King by Donald Barthelme, excerpt one)

from The King by Donald Barthelme:

“Shall we give the Italians some part of what they want? I think not. They’ll only be back.”

“We could bomb Milan. A preemptive strike. Make them reflect on things. Last things.”

“I have never acquired a taste for bombing civilian populations,” said the king. “It seems a violation of the social contract. We’re supposed to do the fighting, and they’re supposed to pay for it.”

“Those were the days.”

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