300 short stories: story 294

story: “There’s a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on the Head with an Umbrella”

author: Fernando Sorrentino

year: 1970

where: the Ikea kitchen table

note: A must-read.

a line:  “All he does is hit me. He accompanies me in all my acts–even the most intimate ones. I remember, in the beginning, that the blows kept me from sleeping; I now believe it would be impossible to sleep without them.”

theme(s): Self-harm, Self-esteem


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