A Curse on Dostoevsky by Atiq Rahimi

By Atiq Rahimi

Kabul, past due nineties. Rassoel returns to his place of birth. His father, a confident communist, despatched him to St. Petersburg, yet Rassoel grew extra love for Dostoevsky than for the ideology of communism. because the Russian occupying forces left Afghanistan, a bloody civil battle is raging there and Rassoel observes Kabul perish in cruelty and corruption. He comes to a decision he'll not realize and do not anything, yet to convey justice again instead...

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Til slutt var det slik at vi uvilkårlig krummet oss og beskyttet våre mest utsatte deler hver gang vi kom i nærheten av hverandre, av frykt for et plutselig angrep. Hun rakte meg en kopp kaffe en gang, jeg oppfattet det som et slag, og beskyttet meg av ren refleks, med det resultat at koppen fløy veggimellom og ble knust, og mesteparten av den glovarme kaffen havnet i fjeset på henne. . Vi hadde gått for langt, det var åpenbart for oss begge, noen blanke arr kan ennå skimtes på det ene kinnet hennes.

Mitt helvete lever jeg barndommen om igjen. . Jeg var som et aspeløv, jeg skalv for den minste berøring, ja, jeg skalv mest når berøringen var som svakest. . Den første tørre grusen om våren fylte meg med et tungsinn så sterkt, så overtalende, at jeg hver eneste gang klarte a overbevise meg selv om at jeg aldri i verden ville klare å komme meg igjennom det. Snøen som måtte gi tapt, det nakne barne landskapet som ble avduket så ubønnhørlig, alt dette fikk det til å svartne for meg. . Synet av idrettsbanen på skolen, med de grå øyene av is.

Og hun lot meg straks smake min egen medisin, snart svarte vi hverandre fra rom til rom. Vi la an på å få dem så høye og sterke som mulig. Stor tilfredsstillelse kunne jeg for eksempel få ved å fyre av en skarp en på et stolsete uten p u t e . . en lyd som av en mitraljøse... en gang mistet hun en glovarm stekepanne som hun sto og holdt i, den brente et hull så dypt at vi trodde vi skulle få et glimt av Berit Fagerengen i det. Dette moret vi oss stort over. Dermed ville det også være 5« en overdrivelse å påstå at vi ikke har noe som helst til felles eller at vi har hatet hvert minutt vi har vært sammen.

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