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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 91 | volume XVI | July-August, 2013



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 91July-August, 2013

Small Stories

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David Albahari


In the Garden

Every night I have the same dream. And every night I wake up at the same moment, just before the point in the dream when I manage to draw the window curtains to see who’s in the garden. The person is picking flowers and softly calling for me. Not by name, because obviously they don’t know my name, but just softly calling out: Boy, hey boy, he-hey!

The Sense of Smell

The air today is full of excitement, announces the nurse contentedly while making the old man’s bed. It smells like warning to me, answers the old man and tries to slip his hand between her thighs. The nurse slaps his hand away and tells him that his sense of smell is fully intact. She says, not only do people your age not have a sense of smell, a lot of them don’t even have a nose. The old man immediately feels his nose. Mine’s in place, says the old man. You’re a real rascal, the nurse replies, smiles and leaves. Alone in his room, the old man sniffs his fingers for a long time.

Deadly Mathematics

Rista was 27 years old when his mother died. His father died 12 years later, and his twin brother, who never got over his brother’s death, Rista’s father, killed himself two months later. His son perished three years after that, together with the rest of the members of his mountaineering group somewhere in the Austrian Alps. Exactly 35 years before that, Rista’s sister was born. She died 10 years later, that is 5 years after Zvezdana was born, Rista’s first wife. Zvezdana married Rista 22 years later, and they got divorced after 6 years and 6 months of marriage. Two years after that, but no longer in the same city, Rista married for the second time. His second wife had a brother who was 4 years older than her, even though he looked 10 years younger. Only 8 days after their marriage, her brother fell down the stairs and broke his neck. Hearing of this, his fiancé, who was expecting, fainted and collapsed on the couch. Neither she, nor the child – a girl – were hurt then, but 12 years later, during a school trip, the girl fell into an abandoned well and suffocated before help arrived. Rista was almost 55 years old then.

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