Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Interview with a Child

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Interview with a Child

Article excerpt

The master hasn't been among us long. That's why he lurks in every corner. He covers his face with his hands and looks through the gap. Standing, forehead to the wall, he suddenly turns.

The master rejects in disgust the absurd thought that a table lost from sight has to remain a table, that the chair behind his back stays within the boundaries of a chair without even trying to take advantage of the situation.

True, it's hard to catch the world in its otherness. The apple tree returns to the window just before the eyes blink. The rainbow-colored sparrows always darken right on time. The handle, the pitcher's ear, will catch any murmur. The nighttime closet feigns the passivity of the daytime closet. A drawer tries to convince the master that all that's in there is what was put in earlier. Even when a book of fairy tales is suddenly opened, the princess always makes it to her seat in the picture. …

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