Empty Days

Saturday, June 26, 2004



The way of the library being barred by summer schedule and my sleepiness, I had to turn all thoughts away from Houellebecq and engage with another world entirely - that of Thomas Mann.

The initial difficulties were great - I kept falling asleep and yearning for french accent. But in the middle of the night, towards 4am, I was finally able to free my mind from lingering insatisfaction and immerse myself in the curious pensive flow of Mann's meandering prose. Behold a great writer full of uncanny imagination, a psychologist and a lover of small secret things. The truth of life uncovered in another voice - partial and partially revealed. The Magic Mountain will soon engulf me in its depths, but I am only approaching and the shadows are long.





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