A Different Sea by Claudio Magris

By Claudio Magris

Translated by way of M. S. Spurr

Early this century Enrico, a tender highbrow, leaves the abundantly varied Austro-Hungarian urban of Gorizia with its combined inhabitants and tradition, to spend a number of years residing at the Patagonian pampas, by myself along with his historical Greek texts, his flocks and each every now and then a girl. He has been taught by way of his closest buddy, Carlo, a philosopher/poet who commits suicide in his early twenties, to go looking for an actual existence, freed from social falsehoods. yet in his look for this not possible objective, Enrico destroys each probability he has of a standard lifestyles; even after his go back to dwell a lifetime of ever-increasing isolation through the Istrian beach, his makes an attempt at human sex, at significant love, are thwarted. In recounting the existence and personality of Enrico, ostensibly one in every of Life's disasters, Claudio Magris paints a remarkably wise and observant photograph of an entire global in ferment, that of the decaying Austro-Hungarian empire, shaken to its foundations by means of the nice struggle, and rising from the German career and the Communist revolution ripe for disintegration and eternally looking, as does Enrico, for a cause to head on residing.

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She normally held a job for a couple of months or, if she was really lucky, half a year, and then a layoff came with the promise of a rehire when times got better, which they never seemed to do. Without a high school diploma she was immediately categorized as stupid. By virtue of living with Duane, she had long ago decided she deserved that label. But he was Lisa's father even if he had no intention of marrying LuAnn, not that she had pushed him on that. She was not overeager to take Duane's last name or the man-child that came with it.

There's plenty more where this came from, too, little girl. I ain't gonna be living in this craphole much longer. You best think about it. You best think real good about that. I ain't taking crap from you or anybody else anymore. ” She opened the front door. “Duane, I'll start being nice to you right now. You know how? ” Lisa started to cry at her mother's angry tones as though she thought they were directed at her. LuAnn kissed the little girl and cooed in her ear to calm her down. Duane watched LuAnn march across the muddy yard, admiring her soft behind in the tight jeans.

He already knew everything on it. LuAnn looked around the place. She had always been observant. Being the object of many males' desires, she typically studied the configuration of every place she was in, if only to determine the fastest exit. When he looked up he noted her scrutinizing the office surroundings. ” he asked. ” “Well, there's no clock anywhere, no trash can, no calendar, and no phone. Now, I ain't worked in any places where people wear neckties on the job, but even Red over at the truck stop keeps a calendar, and he's on the phone more than he's not.

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