By Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
Not anyone has written extra feelingly and extra superbly than Nescio concerning the insanity and disappointment, braveness and vulnerability of youngster: its tremendous plans and imprecise longings, let alone the binges, crashes, and marathon walks and talks. not anyone, for that topic, has written with such pristine readability in regards to the radiating canals of Amsterdam and the cloud-swept panorama of the Netherlands.
Who used to be Nescio? Nescio--Latin for "I don't know"--was the pen identify of J.H.F. Grönloh, the hugely profitable director of the Holland--Bombay buying and selling corporation and a father of four--someone who knew good enough approximately first rate adulthood. in basic terms in his spare time and lower than the canopy of a pseudonym, as though commemorating a misplaced self, did he allow himself cross, generating over the process his lifetime a handful of completely unique tales that comprise essentially the most luminous pages in sleek literature.
This is the 1st English translation of Nescio's tales.
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[Introduction and translation through Robert Payne]
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The last thing you will notice will be the stones, small bits of volcanic ash, black glass, blue tourmaline, sapphires, narrow slabs of gray feldspar, rose quartz, sheets of mica and blood agate. They are small enough to be missed, laying down in the cracks of the desert floor, but they are the last things to give up the light; you will see them flare and burn like coals before they let go. It is good to have a few of these kinds of stones with you in a pocket or cupped in your hand before you go to sleep.
33 the search for the heron the search for the heron I se e y ou o n t he f ar s ide of the river, standing at the edge of familiar shadows, before a terrified chorus of young alders on the bank. I do not think you know it is raining. You are oblivious to the thuck of drops rolling off the tube of your neck and the slope of your back. ) Perhaps you know it is raining. The intensity of your stare is then not oblivion, only an effort to spot between the rain splashes in the river (past your feet, so well-known, there beneath the hammered surface, like twigs in the pebbles) the movement of a trout.
Next morning someone left, too much drinking, and he got that job, and so we worked three weeks together, clear up into Saskatchewan, before we turned around and drove home. When we came through Stanley Basin in Idaho we crossed over a little bridge where the Salmon River was only a foot deep, ten feet across. It came across a big meadow, out of some quaking aspen. “Let’s go up there,” he said. ” We did. We camped up in those aspen and that was good water. It was sweet like a woman’s lips when you are in love and holding back.
Amsterdam Stories by Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
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