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― Do you remember that evening, Renato? the lake, the lamps, the distant sounds... What comes to me is strange; I don’t belong to this world. You didn’t understand, you don’t understand me, because you don’t know. I am leaving today for an unknown fate, farewell, unknown reader.

So abruptly that the eye was blinded, still nervous as a scorpion, the shadow passed through the grey light of day like a wound, like a wreck, like a sleeping waterfall. The air, full with terrible animals and violet seas stretching far beyond the reassuring limits of the earth, swayed their passionate excrescences; the madness of bilocation was broken in an instant, in that time so favorable to the triumphs of the imagination, and with her, the moorings that fettered reason.

Dinner on a lazy-Susan, killing without injury, the hypnotic waterfalls, the mystery of 11, the bed boat and lilies beneath the storm, storms everywhere, parks without limits, suspended conversations.

The scenes when Malombra gives herself, at night, to her lover, on the lake edge, where she crosses the waters with hostile coldness toward he who waits, where she passes through lucid hysteria under the grey winds that extinguish the torches, are the triumph of what we agree to deem absolute love.

Burns searching for passion.

A character, a bloody hand, leaps into this immense pallor and below the melancholy sex fodder, plants are breaking, as fragrant as the ocean mollusk’s visit to its regular habitats, among so many superstitions, determinisms, errors and sources, among many accusations and all symptoms of fury. This hand is the burned lymph, the Nordic sand materialized in an instant by the magic lines of mirrors, in their conversations about the stars.

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