Books Burn Badly by Unknown

Books Burn Badly by Unknown

Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Published: 2010-02-17T16:00:00+00:00

The Star and Romantic the Horse

He thought of a joke of destiny. Mislaid poems with wings. Moved by a spiritual medium. What were they doing there, among the originals for the first issue of Oeste waiting for the censor’s approval? What were those snippets from I Was Forsook doing there? The inclusion of the medieval poem by Guterres at the start could have been a coincidence, some coincidence, but where had three poems by Aurelio Anceis come from? He went back. Annoyed and upset.

There they were, in the table of contents. Three unpublished poems from the anonymous collection I Was Forsook: ‘Zero’, ‘Infinite’ and ‘Standard Vivas’.

He returned to the texts. There was a noticeable detail. The triumphal dates had disappeared. Aurelio Anceis’ game with the regime’s calendar of celebrations. He, Tomás Dez, had also made a change in the book that was now being printed. But a different one. He’d replaced the Fascist anniversaries with others that were either neutral or delicately dressed up as cultural obsequies. Whoever was responsible for including Anceis’ poems in Oeste had simply eliminated the dates and left only the final irony in the poem Zero:

But no one is as wise as Leonardo Fibonacci

who in the crucible of emptiness made zero.


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