Monday, March 25, 2019

Daily Dose

From The Cloven Count, by Italo Calvino, translated by Archibald Colquhoun


''There's a lot of other sins I commit too,' he explained to me. 'I bear false witness, I forget to water the beans, I don't respect father and mother., I come home late. Now I want to commit every sin there is, even the ones people say I'm not old enough to understand.'
'Every sin?' I asked him. 'Killing too?'
He shrugged his shoulders. 'Killing's not in my line now, it's no use.'
'My uncle kills and has people killed just for fun, they say,' I exclaimed, just for something with which to counterbalance Essau.
Esau spat. 'A thug's game,' he said."

From Chapter 2

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