story: “The Fifth Story” & “Happy Endings”
author: Clarice Lispector & Margaret Atwood
year: here and there 🙂 1950s & 1980s
where: Abu Dhabi
note: Putting these two together since their forms are similar.
a line: “In the mouths of some of the cockroaches, there are traces of white powder. I am the first to observe the dawn breaking over Pompeii.”
& “Mary gets run-down. Crying is bad for your face, everyone knows that and so does Mary but she can’t stop. People at work notice. Her friends tell her John is a rat, a pig, a dog, he isn’t good enough for her, but she can’t believe it. Inside John, she thinks, is another John, who is much nicer. This other John will emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon, a Jack from a box, a pit from a prune, if the first John is only squeezed enough.”
theme(s): Storytelling, reality, metafiction