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By Gao Xingjian

Those six tales through Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian delivery the reader to moments the place the fragility of affection and lifestyles, and the haunting strength of reminiscence, are superbly unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious nervousness overshadows the delirious happiness of an day out together with his new spouse on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a guy narrowly escapes drowning within the sea, in simple terms to discover that not anyone even spotted his absence. within the identify tale, the narrator makes an attempt to alleviate his homesickness basically to discover that he's misplaced in a labyrinth of youth thoughts. in every single place during this assortment are strong mental pix of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the unending presence of the previous of their current lives.

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Pedestrians and cyclists alike all look on, but no one seems capable of moving. As the front wheel of the bicycle passes the front of the bus, the man starts pedaling hard, maybe he will just make it, but he reaches forward to touch the red-and-blue checkered shade, as if he is trying to push it down. As his hand touches the shade, the buggy flies off, bouncing on the single wheel. The man’s legs are caught as he throws up his arms and falls backward off the bicycle. In the clamor of the horn and brakes and women screaming, before onlookers have time to gasp, the man is instantly crushed under the wheels.

This time the pain comes faster. He 36 Cramp feels his right leg immediately become stiff, and the water go right over his head. He can see only ink green water, so limpid and, moreover, extremely peaceful, except for the rapid string of bubbles he breathes out. His head emerges from the water and he blinks, trying to shake the water from his eyelashes. He still can’t see the coastline. The sun has set, and the sky above the undulating hills glows with the color of roses. Are they still playing volleyball?

As medical personnel in white carry the body to the ambulance, the people in doorways of all the shops stand on their toes. The fat cook wearing an apron from a small eatery nearby has also come out to watch. 52 The Accident “What happened? Was there an accident? ” “That’s shocking! ” Others have just arrived. ” “What’s there to look at? Move on! ” On the outer fringes of the crowd people are being arrested. Traffic security personnel with red armbands have arrived and they are more savage than the police.

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