By Primo Levi
Primo Levi was once some of the most staggering voices to emerge from the 20th century. This landmark choice of his brief tales opens up an international of ask yourself, love, cruelty and curious twists of destiny, the place not anything is because it turns out. In 'The Fugitive' an place of work employee composes the main appealing poem ever with unexpected outcomes, whereas 'Magic Paint' sees a gaggle of researchers advance a paint that mysteriously protects them from misfortune. 'Gladiators' and 'The Knall' are chilling explorations of mass violence, and in 'The Tranquil Star' an easy tale of stargazing turns into a meditation on language, mind's eye and infinity.
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Did you hear her talk about her brother receiving justice? ” “You always see suspicious motives behind everything, Miquel. That’s a bad habit you’ve acquired in your line of work. All I can tell you is that she is a very assiduous student.
She’d never hurt anyone in her life. Why did they kill her? Can I see her? I want to see her. ” Roch remembered the blackened, faceless remains of the girl. One of her arms had been discovered the day after the attack on a nearby rooftop. The other one was still missing. It was not a sight for a mother. “To say good-bye to my little girl,” moaned the woman. ” Roch had to think of something very fast. “No, Citizen Peusol,” he said, “I cannot let you, as the next of kin, see her. It would be against the rules.
The other man grunted. “Do I look lucky? Oh, we fished out old boots, a female fetus, a few dead dogs and of course enough animal entrails to fill the Tuileries. Those butchers from the slaughterhouses of the Châtelet toss the offal into the river. So no, no luck. ” Sobry paused to gaze at Roch. “About you? ” Roch grinned bitterly. “Who told you? ” “No, not Bertrand. Another sort of animal, of the weasel kind: Henry. You were begging for trouble, Miquel, with your Chouans. ” “No one knows any such thing yet.