Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras

By Marcelo Figueras

In Buenos Aires, within the mid-Seventies, a ten-year-old boy lives in global of college classes and Superman comics, television indicates and video games of probability - an international within which males have superpowers and boys can overcome the globe on a sq. of cardboard. yet within the open air global, an army junta have taken energy; and amid a political weather of worry and intimidation, individuals are commencing to disappear with out hint - while his mom without warning takes the boy and his child brother out of periods, she tells them they're occurring an impromptu kin 'holiday'. yet he quickly realizes that the principles of the sport are moving. this may be no vacation: his mom and dad are identified supporters of the competition, and they're going into hiding - holed up in a ramshackle safe-house within the distant hills open air town, they imagine new identities and make think that existence maintains as general. Naming himself Harry, after his hero Houdini, the boy spends his days of enforced exile studying the secrets and techniques of break out. And in a global of seeming chaos and uncertainty, he makes an attempt to visualize he has keep an eye on over himself and his atmosphere. A deeply relocating and clever novel, written with massive middle, "Kamchatka" is an event tale a couple of younger boy compelled to sq. delusion opposed to fact whilst fact and all its trappings - kinfolk, politics, heritage, and time itself - are extra unbelievable than any fiction. eventually, it's a novel in regards to the inventive areas we retreat to after we intend to make experience of an incredible global.

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That's the best we can do. P E A S A NT W O M A N : What'll the priest do with him? He needs a mother. There, he's waking up. Don't you think we could keep him, though? P E A S A NT {shouting}: No! P E A S ANT W O M A N : The Caucasian Chalk Circle I 35 I could lay him in the corner by the arm­ chair. All I need is a crib. I can take him into the fields with me. See him laughing? Husband, we have a roof over our heads. We can do it. Not another word out of you! P E A S A N T WO M A N : She carries the C H I L D into the house.

T H E S I N G E R: A very old one. It's called The Chalk Circle and comes from the Chinese. But we'll do it, of course, in a changed version. Comrades, we hope you'll find that old po­ etry can sound well in the shadow of new tractors. It may be a mistake to mix different wines but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Do we get something to eat before the per­ formance? V O I C E S : Of course. Everyone into the Club House! D E L E G AT E : While everyone begins to move, D E L E G AT E turns to G I RL T RA C T O R I S T .

All one hears is: "You neglect yo ur duty! } Go to hell! } S E C O ND D O C T O R : Enter the soldier, for G R U S H A . SIM ON S H A S H AVA . He searches in the crowd Grusha! There you are at last! What are you going to do? Nothing. If worst comes to worst, I 've a brother in the mountains. How about you? s 1 M oN: Forget about me. (Formally again:) Grusha Vashnadze, your wish to know my plans fills me with satisfaction. I 've been ordered to accompany Madam Abashwili as her guard. G R U S H A : But hasn't the Palace Guard mutinied?

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