By Alain Elkann
Because the results of a chain of fortuitous encounters and situations, the Italian author Giacomo Longhi falls sufferer to an obsessive interest concerning the recognized English artist Julian Sax. He want to meet Sax, however the nice painter is surrounded through a virtually impenetrable protecting monitor. The writer’s spouse, the fascinating and sensuous Rossa, finally takes him to a tea room in London, the place Sax spends a couple of hours of every day observed by way of his little ones, types and neighbors. The narrator starts to worry that his spouse Rossa may perhaps succumb to the charms of this seductive guy, who draws girls, paints them after which discards them. In an unpredictable series of occasions, Elkann weaves a desirable net that blends truth and fiction, and attracts the reader into the lives of characters who will end up difficult to put out of your mind.
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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 Having withdrawn the pile of money, Kociss and Cassazione felt their nerves settling, and relaxed into a laugh that stopped them from speaking for a few seconds.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.