Cees Nooteboom, Grand Corps Malade, Joanne Rowling, Primo Levi
Uit: Roads to Santiago (Vertaald door Ina Rilke)
„Spain is brutish, anarchic, egocentric, cruel. Spain is prepared to face disaster on a whim, she is chaotic, dreamy, irrational. Spain conquered the world and then did not know what to do with it, she harks back to her Medieval, Arab, Jewish and Christian past and sits there impassively like a continent that is appended to Europe and yet is not Europe, with her obdurate towns studding those limitless empty landscapes. Those who know only the beaten track do not know Spain. Those who have not roamed the labyrinthine complexity of her history do not know what they are travelling through. It is the love of a lifetime, the amazement is never-ending.
From the ship's rail I watch the dusk settle over the island where I have spent the summer. The approaching night steals into the hills, everything darkens; one by one the tall neon street-lamps come on to illuminate the quay with that dead white glow which is as much a part of the Mediterranean night as the moon. Arrival and departure. For years now I have been crossing to and fro between the Spanish mainland and the islands. The white ships are somewhat bigger than they used to be, but the ritual is unchanged. The quay full of white-uniformed sailors, kinsfolk and lovers come to wave goodbye, the deck crowded with departing holiday-makers, soldiers, children, grandmothers. The gangplank has already been raised, the ship's whistle will give one final farewell that will resound across the harbour and the city will echo the sound: the same, but weaker. Between the high deck and the quay below a last tenuous link, rolls of toilet paper. The beginnings flutter on the quay; up at the rail, the rolls will unwind slowly as the ship moves away, until the final, most fragile link with those staying behind is broken and the diaphanous paper garlands drown in the black water.
There is still some shouting, cries wafting back, but it is already impossible to tell who is calling out and what their messages signify. We sail out through the long narrow harbour, past the lighthouse and the last buoy -- and then the island becomes a dusky shadow within the shadow that is night itself. There is no going back now, we belong to the ship. Guitars and clapping on the afterdeck, people are singing, drinking, the deck passengers are settling down for a long night in their steamer chairs, the dinner bell rings, white-jacketed waiters cross and recross the antique dining room under the earnest regard of the king of Spain.“
Cees Nooteboom (Den Haag, 31 juli 1933)
Santiago de Compostella
J'ai Pas Les Mots
Il est de ces événements qui sortent tout le reste de nos pensées,
Certaines circonstances qui nous stoppent nette dans notre lancé,
Il est de ces réalités qu'on n'était pas près à recevoir,
Et qui rendent toute tentative de bien-être illusoire.
J'ai pas les mots pour exprimer la puissance de la douleur,
J'ai lu au fond de tes yeux ce que signifiait le mot malheur,
C'est un souvenir glacial, comme ce soir de décembre,
Où tes espoirs brulant ont laissé place à des cendres.
J'ai pas trouvé les mots pour expliquer l'inexplicable,
J'ai pas trouvé les mots pour consoler l'inconsolable,
Je n'ai trouvé que ma main pour poser sur ton épaule,
Attendant que les lendemains se dépêchent de jouer leur rôle.
J'ai pas les phrases miracles qui pourraient soulager ta peine,
Aucune formule magique parmi ces mots qui saignent,
Je n'ai trouvé que ma présence pour t'aider à souffrir,
Et constater dans ce silence que ta tristesse m'a fait grandir.
J'ai pas trouvé le remède pour réparer un cœur brisé,
Il faudra tellement de temps avant qu'il puisse cicatriser,
Avoir vécu avec elle et apprendre à survivre sans,
Elle avait écrit quelque part que tu verserais des larmes de sang.
Tu as su rester debout et je t'admire de ton courage,
Tu avances la tête haute et tu traverses cet orage,
A coté de ton épreuve, tout me semble dérisoire,
Tous comme ces mots qui pleuvent que j'écris sans espoir.
Pourtant les saisons s'enchaineront saluant ta patience,
En ta force et ton envie, j'ai une totale confiance,
Tu ne seras plus jamais le même mais dans le ciel dès demain,
Son étoile t'éclairera pour te montrer le chemin
Grand Corps Malade (Le Blanc-Mesnil, 31 juli 1977)
Uit: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
"This Potter," said Aunt Marge loudly, seizing the brandy bottle and splashing more into her glass and over the tablecloth, "you never told me what he did?"
Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia were looking extremely tense. Dudley had even looked up from his pie to gape at his parents.
"He - didn't work," said Uncle Vernon, with half a glance at Harry. "Unemployed."
"As I expected!" said Aunt Marge, taking a huge swig of brandy and wiping her chin on her sleeve. "A no-account, good-for-nothing, lazy scrounger who -"
"He was not," said Harry suddenly. The table went very quiet. Harry was shaking all over. He had never felt so angry in his life.
"MORE BRANDY!" yelled Uncle Vernon, who had gone very white. He emptied the bottle into Aunt Marge's glass. "You, boy," he snarled at Harry. "Go to bed, go on -"
"No, Vernon," hiccuped Aunt Marge, holding up a hand, her tiny bloodshot eyes fixed on Harry's. "Go on, boy, go on. Proud of your parents, are you? They go and get themselves killed in a car crash (drunk, I expect) -"
"They didn't die in a car crash!" said Harry, who found himself on his feet.
"They died in a car crash, you nasty little liar, and left you to be a burden on their decent, hardworking relatives!" screamed Aunt Marge, swelling with fury. "You are an insolent, ungrateful little --"
But Aunt Marge suddenly stopped speaking. For a moment, it looked as though words had failed her. She seemed to be swelling with inexpressible anger - but the swelling didn't stop. Her great red face started to expand, her tiny eyes bulged, and her mouth stretched too tightly for speech - next second, several buttons had just burst from her tweed jacket and pinged off the walls - she was inflating like a monstrous balloon, her stomach bursting free of her tweed waistband, each of her fingers blowing up like a salami –„
Joanne Rowling (Chipping Sodbury, 31 juli 1965)
Scene uit de film uit 2004, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) en Buckbeak
In the brutal nights we used to dream
Dense violent dreams,
Dreamed with soul and body:
To return; to eat; to tell the story.
Until the dawn command
Sounded brief, low
And the heart cracked in the breast.
Now we have found our homes again,
Our bellies are full,
We're through telling the story.
It's time. Soon we'll hear again
The strange command:
Vertaald door Ruth Feldman en Brian Swann
If This Is a Man
You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find, returning in the evening,
Hot food and friendly faces:
Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud,
Who does not know peace,
Who fights for a scrap of bread,
Who dies because of a yes or a no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair and without name,
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.
Meditate that this came about:
I command these words to you.
Carve them in your hearts
At home, in the street,
Going to bed, rising;
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your house fall apart,
May illness impede you,
May your children turn their faces from you.
Vertaald door Stuart Woolf
Primo Levi (31 juli 1919 – 11 april 1987)