By David Malouf
Within the first century advert, Publius Ovidius Naso, the main urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, used to be banished to a distant village at the fringe of the Black Sea. From those sparse proof, considered one of our such a lot extraordinary novelists has formed an audacious and supremely relocating paintings of fiction.
Marooned at the fringe of the recognized international, exiled from his local tongue, Ovid depends upon the kindness of barbarians who impate their useless and speak with the spirit global. yet then he turns into the father or mother of a nonetheless extra savage creature, a feral baby who has grown up between deer. What ensues is a luminous stumble upon among civilization and nature, as enacted by way of a poet who as soon as catalogued the treacheries of affection and a boy who slowly learns how you can supply it.
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De todas maneras yo no daba crédito a la hipótesis de que Juan hubiera accedido a llamarme de ese modo por La mujer loba ataca de nuevo | 49 simple indicación de Rodríguez. Tenía que haber de por medio alguna apuesta, o algo así. Esto habría podido suceder un día cualquiera, quizá. La escasez de trabajo siempre aviva la imaginación de los empleados, que buscan medios para no sucumbir en el aburrimiento. Pero ¿gastarme una broma así, hacerme blanco de una apuesta de agallas, de atrevimiento, el día en que mi padre sufría un ataque cardíaco?
Yo no hablaba de contagio, por favor no me interprete mal –dijo Puglia con serenidad–. Es sólo prevención. ¿No oyó hablar de la medicina profiláctica? –Sí –contesté–, pero nadie prescribe antibióticos por simple profilaxis. –Tiene razón –dijo él, y sonrió–. Dejemos entonces que los médicos determinen qué medidas debe tomar el personal, ¿de acuerdo? Y dicho esto Puglia me extendió su mano 56 | Leo Maslíah derecha, no sé si para saludarme –cosa más que inusual y bastante fuera de lugar, ya que ninguno de los dos iba a retirarse de la oficina– o para sellar ese “acuerdo” que tampoco estaba realmente planteado, porque descansaba en la eventualidad –ya descartada en la conversación– de una alarma venérea.
Vos quedate tranquilo, yo me ocupo. Todo va bien. Te espero a las doce. Le dije que sí, y me fui. Pero mi intención era volver a las cuatro y hablar de frente con ese cardiólogo. Jamás había tenido yo experiencias directas que tuvieran que ver con ataques al corazón, pero el estado en que había visto a mi padre me resultaba completamente inconciliable con mis profanas nociones de medicina. “Me están tomando por estúpido”, pensé. La expectativa del encuentro con Shirley me ayudó a remontar la situación.