City by Alessandro Baricco

By Alessandro Baricco

'CITY is a crucial name for me, since it expresses what this booklet has regularly been in my head. A urban. No specific urban. An impact of a urban fairly. Its skeleton. i presumed of the tales I had in brain as though they have been neighbourhoods. and that i imagined characters as though they have been streets...The characters - the streets - are many. there's a barber who on Thursdays cuts hair for no cost, there's a titanic, and a mute. there's a boy known as Gould, and a woman referred to as Shatzy Shell. There are professors, those that play soccer, a black child who performs basketball and not fails to attain, and there is additionally a general.' Alessandro Baricco

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Y aparatos de gimnasia por todas partes. Mondini abría a las tres de la tarde. Lo primero que hacía era poner en marcha el reloj, el que señalaba los asaltos. Sólo tenía segundero y cada tres vueltas sonaba y se paraba durante un minuto. Mondini tenía una especie de reflejo condicionado. Cuando sonaba el reloj, escupía en el suelo y sonreía, como si hubiera salido indemne de algo. Vivía en un tiempo propio, fraccionado en asaltos de tres minutos y pausas de uno. Cuando cerraba el gimnasio, ya entrada la noche, lo último que hacía, a oscuras, era desconectar el reloj.

Que el sueño de su vida es hacer un western. —Eso es. —¿Le parece una buena respuesta? —No tenía otra. —… —… —Pero ¿de qué se trata, de una película? —¿Cómo? —Ese western... , ¿qué demonios es? —¿En qué sentido? —¿Me oye? —Sí. , ¿una película? —¿El qué? —El. WESTERN, ¿qué es? —Es un western. —… —… —¿Un western? —Un western. —… —… —¿Señorita Shell? —Sigo aquí. —¿Todo en orden, por allí? —De maravilla. —Gould es un chiquillo especial, ¿se ha dado cuenta de ello? —Creo que sí. —No quiero que haya líos a su alrededor, ¿me explico?

Prometen mundos. ° 14— que ciertas epifanías de objetos escapados a la equivalente insignificancia de lo real son minúsculas troneras a través de las cuales es posible intuir —quizás alcanzar— la plenitud de mundos. De mundos. ° 14. Añadiendo: y que nadie me venga ahora con la magdalena de Proust. ° 14, bajando de su tarima y acercándose a Gouldcomo si el hombre que queda hechizado por el tacón de aguja, negro, fuera, en ese momento, él mismo: y tuviera su biografía, y su memoria. Éste es el engaño.

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