By Regina Ullman

Translated by way of Kurt Beals

Although a well-known Swiss writer, Regina Ullmann hasn't ever seemed ahead of in English: her oracular, unusual, singular voice astonishes.
The tales during this quantity are principally set within the Swiss nation-state, and notwithstanding resonant of nineteenth-century village stories and of authors comparable to Adalbert Stifter, Ullmann’s particular, otherworldly voice has encouraged comparisons to her modern Robert Walser. In her tales, the archaic and the trendy collide. in a single story, a tender lady on an arduous nation stroll recoils at a passing bicyclist, yet accepts a trip from a wagon, taking her seat on a trunk with a snake coiled inside of. As Ullmann writes, “sometimes the entire global seems to be painted on porcelain, all the way down to the damaging cracks.” This smooth yet brittle attractiveness, with its ominous undertones, supplies Regina Ullmann her certain voice.

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Mrs. Sands had to pry it out of her hand. ” Mrs. Sands said. Doree said, “Her,” and jerked her head at the closed door. ” “When you’re down is when they’ll try to get at you,” Doree said, and then realized this was something her mother had said when some ladies with a similar message came to visit her in the hospital. ” Mrs. Sands sighed. ” “Not even possible,” Doree said. ” They never spoke of Lloyd in those days. Doree never thought of him if she could help it, and then only as if he were some terrible accident of nature.

But think. Aren’t I just as cut off by what happened as he is? Nobody who knew about it would want me around. All I can do is remind people of what nobody can stand to be reminded of. Disguise wasn’t possible, not really. That crown of yellow spikes was pathetic. So she found herself travelling on the bus again, heading down the highway. She remembered those nights right after her mother had died, when she would sneak out to meet Lloyd, lying to her mother’s friend, the woman she was staying with, about where she was going.

You can see in their faces all their bruises and pains. They are troubled. They rush around. They have to shop and go to the laundromat and get their hair cut and earn a living or pick up their welfare checks. The poor ones have to do that and the rich ones have to look hard for the best ways to spend their money. That is work too. They have to build the best houses with gold faucets for their hot and cold water. And their Audis and magical toothbrushes and all possible contraptions and then burglar alarms to protect against slaughter and all (neigh) neither rich nor poor have any peace in their souls.

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