By Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls
Nobody has written extra feelingly and extra fantastically than Nescio in regards to the insanity and unhappiness, braveness and vulnerability of stripling: its sizeable plans and obscure longings, let alone the binges, crashes, and marathon walks and talks. nobody, for that topic, has written with such pristine readability in regards to the radiating canals of Amsterdam and the cloud-swept panorama of the Netherlands.
Who was once Nescio? Nescio--Latin for "I don't know"--was the pen identify of J.H.F. Grönloh, the hugely profitable director of the Holland--Bombay buying and selling corporation and a father of four--someone who knew good enough approximately first rate adulthood. in simple terms in his spare time and lower than the canopy of a pseudonym, as though commemorating a misplaced self, did he allow himself pass, generating over the process his lifetime a handful of totally unique tales that include the most luminous pages in sleek literature.
This is the 1st English translation of Nescio's tales.
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Then he sat down. He seemed a little embarrassed. We hadn’t seen him for several months (or years). He obviously wanted to talk, to keep saying pleasant things, but he remained quiet, his eyes half-closed or looking at the beams (a little dirty with smoke, it occurred to me) that supported the ceiling. M y mother offered him something, or simply said something. 3 8 She stood up to close the window only when it began to grow dark and a cold breeze blew into the room. Then she returned to her work in silence.
2 1 2. Barcarolle from the “Tales of Hoffman,” by Offenbach, per formed by students from the Fourth of July School. 3. Three Waltzes by Chopin, performed by Rene Elgueta, stu dent at the National Conservatory. 4. “The Motives of the Wolf,” by Ruben Dario, performed by Her Excellency Dona Eulalia Fernandez de Rivera Gonzalez, First Lady of the Republic. 5. “M y Fatherland’s Skies,” by the National Composer Don Federico Diaz, with the composer at the piano. 6. National Anthem. She thought it looked fine.
In fact, at a certain moment he turned his head toward me. Wflien he grew tired of looking at me, or when I stopped paying 3 9 attention to him, he turned his stupid eyes toward my mother and stayed that way for a while, his tongue hanging out, waiting for some word. That’s when my father’s expression changed. Very calmly he stretched out his right hand to the table beside him, took one of my mother’s irons, and let it fall like lightning on the animal’s head. He didn’t have a chance to defend himself.
Amsterdam Stories by Joseph O'Neill, Nescio, Damion Searls