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lover WIN LYOWARIN


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lover TRANSLATED FROM THE THAI BY MARCEL BARANG

© WIN LYOWARIN © MARCEL BARANG for the translation Internet edition 2008 | All rights reserved

WIN LYOWARIN | LOVER


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Saturday: Loneliness? Night time / starlight / river / glints / hotel / luxury / riverside grounds / party / lights / reflections / splendour / breeze / throng /.formal dress / smiles / laughs / fun / food / buffet / wine / booze / happiness / city folk Room corner / she / evening dress / black / stunning / she / eye-catching / entourage / crowding around / eagerness to please / by her side / him / gentleman / old age / she and him / laughing / two people / music / holding hands / dance floor / arm round waist / dancing / waltz / Blue Danube / Johan Strauss / motion / rhythm / beauty / them / couple / touching / him / question / who / husband / ? / improbability Me / eyesight / staring / observing / interest / doubtfulness / jealousy / me / she / eyes meeting / finally / deciding / walking to her / me / bowing / introduction / smile / seeking permission / dancing / she / granting permission / me / statement / thanks LOVER | WIN LYOWARIN


4 She / standing up / we / walking / dance floor / the two of us / dancing / smiles / eyes meeting / hint / body scent / perfume / mood / touch / my hand / her waist / hip / evening dress / satin / softness / roundness / my question / that man / who / ? / her answer / my husband / me / laughing / incredulity / she and him / generation gap We / dancing / gaze / eyes meeting / motion / rhythm / legs / steps / hands / touching / mildness / breeze / music / coming to an end / time / fleeting / dancing / ending / me / sighing The two of us / gazing into each other’s eyes / meaning / hint / she/ smile / taking leave / sighing / me / handing over / name card / she/ taking / me / asking / phone number / she / stopping short / smile / demurring / me / smile / insisting / she / consenting She / walking back / her table / them / married couple / showing affection / me / deep down / jealousy / ? / wild thoughts / party / ending / parting / me / looking / them / old man / young woman / me / standing / being alone / riverside / lights / reflections / loneliness / she / him / me / sighing / wild thoughts / feeling guilty / shrugging / returning home / car park / car / starting up / automatic gear / moving off / late night / quiet / streets / emptiness / lights / neon signs / billboards / building names / redlight district / people / youngsters / roaming about / zebra crossing / red light / sighing / accelerator Reaching destination / condominium / my den / lobby / WIN LYOWARIN | LOVER


5 lift / thirteenth floor / front door / switch / pressing / brightness / living room / being alone / aquarium / sofa / sitting / brooding / kitchen / fridge / ice / glass / scotch / sitting / drinking / looking / aquarium / fish / swimming about / lonesomeness / sighing Bathroom / stripping / mirror / image / man / age / 27 / me / yuppie / good looks / bachelor / youth / freedom / fun / showering / lukewarm water / freshness / loneliness / living room / window / horizon / lights / Bangkok / clock / 2am / forlornness / remote control / CD player / compact disk / music / playing softly / waltz / Johan Strauss / Chivas Regal Bedroom / bed / lying supine / eyes wide / wild thoughts / desire / she / him / me / thoughts / her name / her house / music / sleep / restlessness / dream / she / me / she / me / she / me / she Sunday: yearning? Waking up / she / me / longing / early dawn / balcony / condominium / view / horizon / Bangkok / fog / smog / life / city folk Breakfast / yearning / she / recalling / last night / dancing / her smile / desire / she / evening dress / black / softness / touch / satin / hip / body scent / music / Blue Danube / Johan Strauss / mood / desire Truth / present / bathroom / mirror / me / lonesomeness / showering / towelling / dressing / her name / her LOVER | WIN LYOWARIN


6 address / her phone number / she / secret thoughts / me / shrugging / head shaking / sighing / me / wishing to meet / she Today / Sunday / present time / them / together / going to see her / impossibility Sole solution / waiting / tomorrow / possibility / me / sighing / today / stretching on Sitting down / bed corner / brooding / deciding / wardrobe / bathing trunk / door / lift / stop / fourth floor / lift door / sliding open / swimming pool / a few children / poolside / me / changing / swimming Floating / craving / she / swimming pool / water freezing coldness / mood / agitation / desire/ want leaving the pool / towelling / returning to the flat upstairs / living room / telephone / lifting the handset her number / dialling / ringing / click / hello / me silence/ her voice / me / swallowing hard /sitting still she / hanging up / me / astonishment / own behaviour timorousness / me / replacing the handset / sighing closing eyes / sitting still

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Bedroom / compact disk / music / playing softly / waltz / Johan Strauss / sitting still / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / 7pm / 8pm / Chivas Regal / bed / love / ? / loneliness / ? / confusion / ? / desire / ? / tomorrow / sleeping / dreaming / she / me / she / me / she / me / she

WIN LYOWARIN | LOVER


7 Monday: infatuation? Early morning / remembrance / she / me / bathing / clock / 7am / breakfast / newspaper / incomprehension / hurling the paper / floor / room / pacing back / pacing forth / tension Black coffee / 9am / phone book / yellow pages / phone / dialling / hello / florist / ordering / one hundred red roses / home delivery / her house / instruction / urgency / florist asking / message / ? / answer / single mention / ĘşFrom the Saturday night dancerĘş Me / watching / watch / 10:45am / phone ringing / her voice / hello / surprise / receiving / red roses / thanks / me / confessing / missing her / asking / lunch date / she / refusing / inappropriateness / hanging up / me / sighing / hopelessness/ not yet Noon / lunch / door / lift / downstairs / car park / car door / starting up / driving / reaching destination / shopping centre / perfume section / me / salesgirl / perfume / purchasing / paying / gift-wrapping / messenger / instruction / sending the gift / her house 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / no answer / me / shrugging / waiting / 5pm / 6pm / dinner / being alone Night time /my dream / she / she / she / she / she Tuesday: attempt Black coffee / 9am / telephone / dialling / florist / LOVER | WIN LYOWARIN


8 ordering / one hundred red roses / home delivery / her house / urgency / florist asking / message / ? / answer / ʺFrom he who yearns for youʺ 1pm / phone ringing / she / hello / thanks / red roses / me / confessing / missing her / invitation / dinner / she / explaining / inappropriateness / nipping temptation in the bud / hanging up Evening / me / being alone / dinner / waltz music / Blue Danube / late evening / drink / bedroom / lying down / sleeping / dream / she / me / deserted beach / the two of us / gazing into each other’s eyes / getting closer / hugging / touch / sandy soil / coarseness / her body / my body / tumbling about / groping / smoothness / softness / lips / touching / probing / urging / frustration / want / motions / stripping / sand bed / breeze / seawater / surf slush / rustle of fronds / moans / nails / pinching hard / me / pain / alarm / waking up Real world / bed / me / sleeping alone / darkness / sighing Wednesday: nature Black coffee / 9am / phone / dialling / florist / ordering / one hundred red roses / home delivery / her house / urgency / florist asking / message / ? / answer / ʺFrom a dying manʺ 10am / 11am / 1pm / 3pm / 5:45pm / knock at the door / me / opening / she / wonderment / incredulity / she / WIN LYOWARIN | LOVER


9 thanks / three hundred red roses / my invitation / sofa sitting down / talking / my invitation / dinner / me your servant here / she / being impressed / accepting she / living room / windowpane / horizon / city lights smog / Bangkok

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Kitchen / me / cooking / dinner / the two of us / wine / food / her praise / deliciousness / us / exchanging glances / scotch / living room / sofa / music / Johan Strauss / she / me / stopping short / fragrance / that perfume / me / eyesight / hint / instinct Me / touching her arm / us / magnet / bipolarity / attraction / rushing into embrace / touching / softness / fire / lust / clinging / her body / roundness / lips / joining / undressing / black underwear / stripping / stockings / slipping off / touching / biting / probing / throat / neck / bare shoulders / breasts / belly / hip curves / backside / hair / fragrance / heavy breathing / panting / desire / her skin / smoothness / wetness / bed / magnet / electrodes / electric charge / heat / moving / thrashing about / mildness / roughness / gentleness / arousal / intimacy / faint pain / throbbing / thrill / groaning / gushing forth / bursting / climax The two of us / lying supine / hugging / the two of us / silence / clock / 9:05pm / the two of us / breathing sounds / her words / returning home / me / offering to drive / she / smiling / us / lift / car park / sitting in the car / leaving town / streets / Bangkok / night / emptiness LOVER | WIN LYOWARIN


10 10:30pm / her house / white fence / plants / light inside / glass partition / looking / her husband / old man / she / them / talking / she / walking up the stairs / me / observing / about-turn / returning home / thinking hard / me / lover Thursday: continuity Night time / darkness / condominium / thirteenth floor / silence / she / me / bed / caressing / fondling / desire / yearning / hunger / thirst / craziness / want / enhancement / merriment / flushness / exertion / absorption / ecstasy / deprivation / filling up / pounding / penetrating / moulding / oneness / brooding / fault / ? / responsibility / ? / misbehaviour / ? / limits / ? / morals / ? / freedom / ? / rules / ? / flouting the rules / ? / happiness Living room / windowpane / horizon / lights / returning home / me / offering to drive / car park / riding in the car / leaving town / streets / Bangkok / night / emptiness 11:30pm / her house / white fence / plants / light inside / glass partition / looking / him / she / them / walking up the stairs / me / about-turn / returning home / thinking hard / me / lover Friday: duty Evening / twilight / intimacy / third day / continuity / relationship / gathering / happiness / bodies / softness / WIN LYOWARIN | LOVER


11 young woman / whys and wherefores / nature / ripening / willingness / over / under / sideways / down / twisting / tumbling about / edging / easing up / attacking / shifting / trembling / bobbing / holding back / shiver / quiver / rapture / accreting / gentleness The two of us / lying supine / hugging / bliss / the two of us / silence / sheet / creases / the two of us / brooding / concealed thoughts / me / sinking / feeling guilty / ? / limits / ? / morals / ? / clock / 11:05pm / knock at the door / me/ looking through a slit / opening the door / him / her husband Astonishment / bewilderment / the three of us / staring at one another / her husband / speaking / instruction / returning home / she / accepting / combing her hair / she / me / exchanging glances / them / walking out / leaving / door ajar Me / standing / alone / shadow in the door / him / showing up again / holding out / brown envelope / me / reaching out for it / we / staring at each other / eyes meeting / departing / door / closing Me / opening the envelope / banknotes / amount / service fee / professional rate / him / old man / customer of mine / my duty / wife’s happiness / me / closing my eyes / lying supine / bed / duty / professional / my work / service / desire / form of happiness / todayʹs people / this work / ending / ? / duty / ? / unconcern / ? Me / balcony / horizon / smog / Bangkok / stars none / LOVER | WIN LYOWARIN


12 wind none / eyes closing / me / she Saturday: private affairs Night time / me / lying supine / bed / thoughts of her / work / ending / inner feelings / unending Three evenings / intimacy / the two of us / being together / me / brooding / wondering / creating / feeling between us / desire / ? / love / ? / uncertainty / confusion / personal feeling / turmoil / morals / problem / solving the problem / deciding Me / phone / her number / dialling / waiting / click / hello / she? Win Lyowarin, born 1956 and a trained architect, is the most inventive and versatile of Thai short story writers, with a gift for layout and design. Lover is extracted from a collection entitled Sing Mee Cheewit Thee Riak Wa Khon (That living thing called man), which earned him the SEA Write Award in 1999, a prize he had also won earlier with his action‐packed historical novel Prachathipa‐ thai Bon Saen Khanan (Democracy, Shaken & Stir‐ red, available in English at winbookclub .com).

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