Sepharad by Antonio Muñoz Molina

Sepharad by Antonio Muñoz Molina

Author:Antonio Muñoz Molina [Molina, Antonio Muñoz]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fiction, Historical, Literary
ISBN: 9780156034746
Google: FAzMd0D8Z7cC
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2003-01-01T05:00:00+00:00

WHEN THE DOCTOR RETURNS to the hotel, he will show his wife the physical marks the fingernails made as proof of what happened, the things he will tell her with such relief, still feeling a trace of revulsion. He wants to leave but can’t, even though he doesn’t know if it’s his duty as a physician that holds him there or some form of malevolence he can’t shake, no more than he can free himself from the perhaps dying man’s fingernails digging into his hand. Time crawls. His wife will be awake by now and wondering why he isn’t back. She’ll fear suddenly that something happened to him, and be irritated about his mania for running and walking at dawn. We two are most alike in our fear that everything will fall apart, that our life will go down the drain. He needs to pull away from the old man’s hand and call the hotel to calm his wife, but he doesn’t know the number, and the task of finding it seems too great an obstacle.

The old man’s pupils are again visible in the slit of his eyelids and fixed on him. The doctor looks away and makes a sign as if to get up, but two skeletal hands stop him, tugging at his T-shirt. He hears the old man’s breathing, smells it, becomes conscious of the monotonous roar of the sea at the foot of the cliff. Between the murmuring and prayers of the woman planted like a monolith and the barking that hasn’t let up for an instant, he thinks he can hear, still far in the distance, the wail of an ambulance.


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