By Artur Hermann Landsberger
In einem Gebiet Japans, in das Anfang des vergangenen Jahrhunderts kein Ausländer je seinen Fuß gesetzt hatte, wuchs Hana Tatsumi auf. Als Waise conflict sie ihrem Onkel übergeben worden, der sich sehr um sie bemühte. So übergab er sie weiter an Omasan Mori, die ihre eine bessere Ausbildung garantieren konnte, als die kleine Hana sie in jeder höheren Töchterschule hätte genießen können. Hana entwickelte sich in den folgenden Jahren ganz ausgezeichnet und wird das hübscheste Mädchen des Ortes. used to be heißt des Ortes? Selbst die Großstädte des Landes würde sie bezaubern, und so überzeugt Omasan Mori den Onkel, Hana in Tokio oder Osaka zu einer Geisha zu machen, einer Geisha für die gehobenen Kreise. Dort angekommen, sprengt Hana alle Erwartungen. Sie erfüllt die Sehnsüchte bekannter Persönlichkeiten, darunter des Amerikaner John Adamson und des Prinzen aus dem Kaiserhaus. Aber keinen second vergisst sie ihren Freund aus Kinderzeiten, Taizo Hodsumi, der sich in ihrem Heimatort zu einem Künstler des Töpfereihandwerks entwickelt. Gibt es für beide jemals ein Wiedersehen?
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Salvatore Lucania watched the final dash with a contented smile, while everyone around him, and down below in the stands, exploded with rage and disbelief. Monte Allegro first, followed by Ninfa, Magione and Redipuglia. Cavalier De Dominicis applauded. ’ Lucania gave a seraphic smile. ‘Of course, everyone likes me. ’ The cluster of people thronging around them applauded and laughed in unison. Stefano Zollo stayed impassive, moving only when Lucania decided that the moment had come to go down. Having withdrawn the pile of money, Kociss and Cassazione felt their nerves settling, and relaxed into a laugh that stopped them from speaking for a few seconds.
100itext 9/3/05 22 7:17 am Page 22 WU MING Apart from the Creator. And the cockroaches, from behind the skirting board. But who knows whether the Creator really exists. And cockroaches have no ears. Body: a shell of trembling jerks, not a muscle that does its duty without protest. Blood of the walking dead, the smell of acute gingivitis, cold sweat. The musician presses a handkerchief to his mouth. Sighs. Ties the tie around the other arm. Hard to press the plunger of the syringe. The hand less used seems to belong to someone else.
Doubts and hypochondria racked his self-belief. Will I still be able to do my work properly? Will they be able to get me to work so far away from home? Will I still make people laugh, keep them interested with the news, move them? McGuffin had no answers. He consoled himself by thinking about past glories, and every now and again, to keep hope alive, he peeped out of the door, hoping that someone might pay him a little attention. Fully assembled on 16 February 1953 in the factories of McGuffin Electric, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he had been one of the first deluxe models turned out by the company.