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Anything to make you radiant again. 31 THE BURZHUIKA He was sitting with his family. How many years had it taken him to collect all those books? Stories of blades and mushrooms, villages and coastlines. How many years had he spent reading these stories to his children? They all knew them by heart by now, but still liked the sound of their father’s voice and the look on his face while he read. His wife used to say, He smiles like a windowpane being battered by hail, for a windowpane knows loyalty, knows when it has been victorious.
Today, I don’t believe in miracles anymore. I don’t believe there is a fire big enough to burn away this humiliation. I don’t believe that when I retch my ghosts, an old woman will bring me a monument of flowers. 51 THE TOILET SONG There is no wall to hide your junk, no ceiling and no seat. Just a trough and cigarettes sunk and urine at your feet. The smell is like the tongue of a corpse dragged damp across your face. Like being slapped by their great lord, then buggered by His grace. It is dark — a black nightmare dark, her father’s chasing me.
He could silhouette even the finest Catholic vision. Okay, I have been drinking, but I still think their horns sound like a harpsichord shitting a cat. 59 LOS MAGNIFICOS I am watching six men create fire: in a perfect arc they lob halved leaden balls at two triangles of gunpowder. I sit below a corrugated metal roof that is being battered by rain — it is leaking in three places — always on us. No women will come in here except the wife of the owner. She has been pregnant since I arrived. Fifteen months and holding.