La nuit du monde by Patrick Roegiers

By Patrick Roegiers

Marcel Proust et James Joyce se sont vraiment rencontrés le 18 mai 1922, au Ritz, dans mon roman. L'amour de los angeles nuit, los angeles solitude, l'état déplorable de leur santé, l'insularité de leur personnalité, l'ampleur de l'oeuvre, los angeles folie de l. a. langue, mais aussi les phobies (les rats pour l'un, les chiens pour l'autre), l'amour des chansonnettes (ils adorent "Viens Poupoule"), tout les rapproche. Marcel vient de terminer los angeles Recherche, James de publier Ulysse. Un coup de foudre en amitié unit ces deux génies qui se tutoient. Dans los angeles seconde partie, Proust décède. A son enterrement, au Père-Lachaise, se presse le gotha de los angeles littérature. Homère, Shakespeare, Molière, Diderot, Kafka, Calvino, Barthes... los angeles disparition d'un écrivain contient celle de tous les autres. Et Proust en personne assiste à sa mise en terre. los angeles fiction l'emporte sur le Temps. Les grands écrivains ne meurent jamais. P.R.

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You filthy beggar, get out of here, don't touch me, if you lay a finger on me I'll cane you to death . . and he'd go back to the window with the broken panes, stark . naked. The old women and the nuns didn't dare cross the court with the orange trees anymore. We decided that the best thing was to board up the shutters of his cell. But he always managed to break them down. Until one night, as Don Clemente slept, I walled up his window with bricks and cement, the first window I walled up in the Casa.

It was witch­ craft, black magic, and that's why the peasants were being crushed under the weight of endless misfortunes. Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills.

I'm the seventh old woman. I'll take it upon myself to watch over the Azcoitia about to be born. Iris's - 50 vomit, which I washed from the kitchen tiles, anointed me. I keep it wrapped in a floor rag, with my books and my manu­ scripts, under the bed, where all old women keep their things. THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly.

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