Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Turn of the Century

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Turn of the Century

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Translated by Joanna Trzeciak

It was supposed to be better than the others, our 20th century, But it won't have time to prove it. Its years are numbered, its step unsteady, its breath short.

Already too much has happened that was not supposed to happen. What was to come about has not.

Spring was to be on its way, and happiness, among other things. Fear was to leave the mountains and valleys. The truth was supposed to finish before the lie.

Certain misfortunes were never to happen again such as war and hunger and so forth.

These were to be respected: the defenselessness of the defenseless, trust and the like.

Whoever wanted to enjoy the world faces an impossible task.

Stupidity is not funny. Wisdom isn't jolly.

Hope Is no longer the same young girl et cetera. Alas.

God was at last to believe in man: good and strong, but good and strong are still two different people. …

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