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By Ken Kalfus

Joyce and Marshall every one imagine the opposite is killed on September 11—and needs to swallow their unhappiness whilst the opposite arrives domestic. As their sour divorce is extra advanced through anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and overseas wars, they undergo, in methods all at once own and more and more ludicrous, the numerous unusual ravages of our time. during this mind-blowing black comedy, Kalfus indicates how our nation’s public calamities have encroached upon our so much inner most illusions.

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Les fermiers eux-mêmes passaient dans les hameaux, par tous les chemins des domaines, dans les fermes isolées. À chaque famille, ils offraient la charité de recueillir l’un de ses enfants ; ainsi que le secours immédiat d’une pièce d’argent et, plus précieux encore, quelques vivres. La faim 40 G4/450-D65677-BAT-3 à fin Page 41 Mardi, 4. juillet 2006 4:42 16 avilit sûrement : les parents cédaient leurs plus beaux petits ; les mères pleuraient mais obtempéraient, pensant sauver ainsi leur progéniture.

Il y eut un printemps terrible de gelées tardives et de grêles violentes. L’été fut pire encore : l’eau manqua partout, avec l’eau le fourrage ; une sécheresse extrême brûla les blés, le seigle et le froment. Le petit peuple des journaliers ne trouva plus à louer ses bras. À la fin de septembre la nature impitoyable avait jeté des centaines de gueux sur les chemins de Provence, où ils se traînaient dans la plus noire misère. Le peuple dut renoncer au pain, dont le prix s’était envolé. À Gardanne deux boulangers furent attaqués, dépouillés, massacrés.

Le malheureux homme s’était aventuré, un soir qu’il avait bu plus que de raison, à échanger avec son voisin de table, à la taverne de son village, des propos séditieux qu’un mouchard s’était empressé de rapporter à la police. On avait aussi trouvé dans son échoppe un exemplaire d’un libelle ordurier à l’endroit de quelques notables du cru. Un juge nouveau venait d’être appelé à exercer dans cette juridiction ; il crut devoir se montrer sévère, afin d’en imposer au peuple et de plaire aux puissants.

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