07-03-11

Abe Kōbō, Manuel del Cabral, Jan Frederik Helmers, Manfred Gregor, Alessandro Manzon

 

De Japanse schrijver Abe Kōbō werd geboren op 7 maart 1924 in Tokyo. Zie ook mijn blog van 7 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 7 maart 2008 en ook mijn blog van 7 maart 2009 en ook mijn blog van 7 maart 2010.

 

Uit: The ruined map (Vertaald door E. Dale Saunders)

 

„On the left was a sharp rise with a high protective wall of stone blocks piled on top of each other. On the right was an almost perpendicular cliff, set off from the street by a minimally low guardrail and a ditch. I saw the drawn, pale face of the boy: he came sliding and tumbling down, as if he were holding the guardrail under his arm. My heart leapt thumping to my throat. I started to open the window with the thought of scolding the boy, but I flinched at the reproachful looks which the women cast at me. It would be easier to let him go on by, I supposed. It would be ridiculous if by agitating the women I found myself in the position of having to take responsibility for the boy's bruises. Nothing would jeopardize my situation more than their trumping up some story against me. I had to be without blemish for the present, at least around here.

I stepped on the accelerator. The car barely moved, and there was the smell of burning rubber. Suddenly the curve was there. The colors of the women, clustered around the boy who had missed death with neither loss of blood nor broken bones, flew to the side of my rear-view mirror, and clear sky appeared like the surface of a Braun tube after the picture has disappeared. The stretch of road was flat, and a small bus station lay in a wide space carved out of the hillside. There were benches with roofs to ward off the rain, a public telephone, and even a drinking fountain beside a brick enclosure that perhaps was a flower bed in summer.“

 

 


Abe Kōbō (7 maart 1924 – 22 januari 1993)

 

 

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