By Gao Xingjian
Those six tales via Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian shipping the reader to moments the place the fragility of affection and lifestyles, and the haunting strength of reminiscence, are fantastically unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiousness overshadows the delirious happiness of an time out along with his new spouse on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a guy narrowly escapes drowning within the sea, merely to discover that not anyone even spotted his absence. within the name tale, the narrator makes an attempt to alleviate his homesickness simply to discover that he's misplaced in a labyrinth of adolescence stories. all over the place during this assortment are strong mental photos of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the unending presence of the earlier of their current lives.
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The second trolley bus leads a long line of sedans, vans, jeeps, and big limousines slowly past the buggy with the torn redand-blue checkered shade in the gutter on this side of the road. Most of the people standing on shop steps have either gone inside or left, and the long stream of cars has passed. At the center of what has become a small crowd in the middle of the road, two policemen are taking measurements with a tape measure, while another makes notes in a little notebook. The blood under the wheels of the bus has begun to congeal and is turning black.
As the man crosses the white line in the middle of the road, the dust from the gust of wind has already settled, so his vision isn’t obscured. Unblinkingly, he looks up; about forty, he is not a young man, and his hat, tilted slightly to the back of his head, shows that he is balding. He must be able to see the trolley bus coming toward him, and hear the horn. He hesitates again, seems to brake, although not hard, and the bicycle with the buggy clumsily continues crossing the road diagonally. The trolley bus is now close and the horn is sounding nonstop.
So if he hadn’t died in the accident, how would he have died? Trafﬁc accidents in this city are inevitable, there are no cities free of trafﬁc accidents. In every city there is inevitably this probability, even if the daily average is one in a million; and in a big city of this size there will always be someone encountering this sort of misfortune. He was one such unfortunate person. Didn’t he have a premonition before it happened? When he ﬁnally encountered this misfortune what did he think? Probably he didn’t have time to think, didn’t have time to comprehend the great misfortune that was about to befall him.