Academic journal article Chicago Review

Italian Chronicle

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Italian Chronicle

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Yesterday NATO air forces attacked Serb positions in Srebrenica. They bombed two Serb tanks... All participants in the attack returned safely to the NATO base in Aviano, Italy.

-news agency brief Exhausted by the sun and the boredom of the beach we sat on the terrace at twilight.

We had salt in our hair, the heat continued to scorch our skin, encrusted in places with sparks of sand. Supper was over and we were drinking wine.

We did not want to think, or talk, or even dream.

Digesting, and happily vegetating (and isn't being with one's family on vacation

the happiest, most divine sort

of vegetation ever?) we were looking out in front of us: on the greyish-red roofs the daylight was fading and pines with grotesquely twisted trunks

were darkening in a maze of hedgerows, cedars, poplars, and cypresses. Beyond the trees and roofs a sea lurked, reflecting the darkness that was thickening in the sky.

And the world was almost ready to receive the night. Since only owls were supposed to begin their screeching, shrill and sharp and rather somber,

in order to repeat it all night over and over, and so the darkness could once again erase the contours of all things, beginning with those most distant,

like the horizon. …

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