Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth by Salvador Espriu

By Salvador Espriu

One of many defining texts of twentieth-century Catalan fiction, written by way of considered one of its so much cutting edge and loved writers, Salvador Espriu's Ariadne within the gruesome Labyrinth is a set of thirty-four brief tales during which the twists and turns of motion, personality, and position are as winding and magnificent because the mythical maze of its identify. initially released in 1935 in the course of nice national political and social upheaval, those tales are a reflect, a ugly reflect, held as much as Catalan and Spanish society. Infused with a deep experience of mythic energy, mixing social realism with lush modernist scan, Ariadne within the ugly Labyrinth is a triumph of fashion. probably top identified for his poetry, Espriu's wealthy lyricism and hugely evocative use of the Catalan language are right here delivered to lifestyles within the poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips's notable English language translation of a vintage of worldwide literature.

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There’s a problem with your son’s hair,” he’d said. ” Stu walked Bennie over to Chris in the chair and parted his hair to reveal some tan little creatures the size of poppy seeds moving around on his scalp. Bennie felt himself grow faint. “Lice,” the barber whispered. ” Bennie had blurted. ” Other people were staring, and Bennie had felt responsible, with his own riotous head of hair, to the point where he sprayed OFF! in his armpits every morning to this day, and kept an extra can at the office—crazy!

She heard Alex ask. The concierge was young and spiky haired. “We’ve called the police,” he said defensively. Alex turned to the woman. ” “In the ladies’ room. ” Alex swung around to Sasha. “You were just in the bathroom,” he said. ” “No,” she managed to say. She had Xanax in her purse, but she couldn’t open her purse. Even with it zipped, she feared that the wallet would blurt into view in some way that she couldn’t control, unleashing a cascade of horrors: arrest, shame, poverty, death. Alex turned to the concierge.

He said. “Someone stole my wallet. My ID is gone, and I have to catch a plane tomorrow morning. ” She stared beseechingly at both of them. It was the sort of frank need that New Yorkers quickly learn how to hide, and Sasha recoiled. It had never occurred to her that the woman was from out of town. ” Alex asked. “The concierge said he would call. ” She looked helplessly at the marble floor around their feet. Sasha relaxed slightly. This woman was the type who annoyed people without meaning to; apology shadowed her movements even now, as she followed Alex to the concierge desk.

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