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Susan Sontag writes: "Of the novelists i've got came upon in translation... the 3 for whom i've got the best admiration are Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk."

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Lee had voted for Wallace and instantly stated, We’ve misplaced the United States! She introduced domestic a day-old chick that Yuri Milstein (who had better halves, one in every of whom—or so he said—had been killed, and he didn’t recognize which) had given her as a present. It ran round the house and Lee got here domestic drained from a exhibit and requested me to prepare dinner simply because she’d been operating and I’d been twiddling with the chick all day. I took a few frozen poultry from the freezer and he or she shouted, no longer in entrance of the youngsters! She used to be permitted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, which had then been reestablished, and she or he requested me to come back together with her so we’d have a belated honeymoon. We glided by bus to varied towns within the Midwest. Arrival, check-in, leisure, perform, functionality, and sleep. at the bus the men knitted and hugged one another and the ladies sat on their lonesome, bored. At evening, after the functionality, black, curtained Cadillacs will be ready and the lads have been swallowed up in them and pushed to motels or the houses of rich ranchers. the ladies could get back from the functionality and take a seat on my own within the foyer and that i was once the one guy there. and that i took good thing about it. there has been unhappiness there. The prima ballerina used to be Alexandra Danilova who used to be then in her fifties. Her glory days—when gents had stood of their stirrups in her honor in St. Petersburg, Paris, and New York—were lengthy at the back of her, although she was once nonetheless a super specialist. She sat sewing and repairing her ballet slippers and informed tales approximately Russia and her fans and husbands, together with Balanchine: she was once the 1st of his six or seven fanatics even supposing she refused to formally marry him. while we’d achieve a urban all people may visit the inn for a leisure whereas she went to the theater and walked the degree, slowly pacing its size and breadth and measuring it along with her naked ft to think its bumps and hindrances. In pink Rocks Park, Colorado they have been booked to bop within the outside amphitheater, the place there have been powerful winds, and that i went with her on her inspection. She walked around the degree after which accrued a few pebbles from the river that wound round the amphitheater and sewed them into her tutu. She by no means stopped practising and even though her physique used to be now not as supple because it were her arm routine have been the works of a grasp. She prayed along with her fingers. Her again was once lithe and her gestures dignified and she or he acknowledged that used to be the way you worship the God of the humanities. She proposal that sleep was once whatever that fab artists can't enable themselves to get pleasure from. She acknowledged that the Crusaders used to assert destroy is part a fort. i'm part the castle I as soon as was once and so i need to paintings all of the extra. during the wild monotonous vistas of Utah, Iowa, Nebraska, harsh and scary landscapes, occasionally merciless and desolate, she’d carry a stitching needle as much as their mild to sew her gentle ballet slippers. an individual joked relatively unfortunately that Danilova definitely hadn’t danced earlier than the aristocracy of St. Petersburg in order that in her previous age she may amuse the hick ranchers of Wyoming, yet she taken care of every member of her viewers as though he have been a St.

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