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By Wiesław Myśliwski

Our hero and narrator is the getting older caretaker of cottages at a summer season inn. A mysterious customer evokes him to percentage the tale of his lengthy existence: we witness a contented youth minimize brief via the warfare, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding makes an attempt to play the saxophone, the brutal homicide of his relatives, loves misplaced yet remembered, and footloose travels overseas. instructed within the demeanour of acquaintances and acquaintances swapping tales over the mundane activity of shelling beans—in the grand oral culture of Myśliwski’s celebrated Stone Upon Stone—each anecdote, lived event, and reminiscence accrues cross-stitched layers of which means. by way of turns hilarious and poignant, A Treatise on Shelling Beans is an epic recounting of a existence that, whereas common, is something yet traditional.

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Gli occhiali brillavano severamente, ciocche d i capei- 67 m l i u n t i g l i ricadevano da varie pani c o n e n e i ^ a e c o n energia e d efficacia fluiva i l suo discorso. se senza fretta Gorizontov, tenendo le sue mani d i ferro sull'ombrello, messo fra le ginocchia. Il signore c o n g l i o c c h i a l i rimase per u n p o ' s o p r a p pensiero, esaminandolo. -Sì,» disse Gorizontov. «Sono i n trattative c o n i l Teatro Anatomico dell'Università Imperiale d i Mosca. - esclamò s t u p i t o i l s i g n o r e c o n g l i o c c h i a l i .

Riceverìo e ospitario era ritenuto u n grande o n o - 46 re. Ma padre K i r era pretenzioso nell'accettate gli invil i , e a casa propria n o n lasciava entrare nessuno. La sua casa, lunga e bassa, imbiancata a calce sopra i m a t t o n i , si vedeva da l o n t a n o sull'ampia strada. N o n cresceva neanche u n alberello da nessuna parte, trann e qualche m e l o s t o n o nei terreni incolti d e i borghesi. Ma oltre i l tetto d i lamiera della casa dell'arciprete v e r d e g g i a v a n o p a l l i d e e polverose ie c i m e d i a l c u n i giovani p i o p p i .

A l e k s a n d r a Vasii'evna, sfinita d a l l e l a c r i me, guardava il defunto i n m o d o sempre più tenero e appassionato, come se n o n vedesse padre Kir. E q u a n d o penetrò i c u o r i la c a n z o n e dolorosa e d esultante su quella dimora i n c u i n o n esiste tristezza o affanno, lei gettò u n g r i d o e perse i sensi. La p o r t a r o n o s u l sagrato, a l l ' a r i a . E G o r i z o n t o v , i n p i e d i a c c a n t o a l l ' e n t r a t a , si fece c o r t e s e m e n t e da parte, p o i riprese a m o r m o r a r e , a c c o m p a g n a n d o i l c o r o e g u a r d a n d o le v o l t e basse, d i p i n t e c o n serafin i a sei ali.

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