Sunday, June 3, 2012

Small place

apparently only very loosely connected to our central themes, but in fact, this video is a hit: how to conceive our very narrow limits as possibilities and inspiration to make the best out of a given situation. (Well, it is never a bad idea to have a large terrace and a pleasant climate at that.)

Man in love (with ermine) in the second half of the seventies… One could think the little flat was not narrow because he and Anna lived well, and in fact, they lived almost without bitterness, with great hopes; when the woman now thinks back at those times, she saw themselves there, at the turn of their thirties, they are strong, this calm, good feeling, they have plans, they work a lot, every day has its glow, many people go to them, no “cool” people, but real friends, almost every night came someone, half-strangers “jumped up”, and somehow everyone expected something from everyone else, that he or she would also do something good in the world, Anna cooked delicious dishes, young men and women were swaying in the summer night. They almost saw how their lives is taking off, and they were full of cheering.
The flat was thus a home, and the home was spacious – this is how we like to think. It is, however, useful, if we have a so-called panoramic window, if one wall is, so to say, of glass, and thus the box marked by the walls expands infinitely, pouring onto the sky, has no end, and he who is sitting inside is the inhabitant of the cosmos; in the flat, the crescent of the moon and the non-packed pile of books are thus equal partners. “I think whoever came to us could feel this unexpected breath, this chance.”
(Péter Esterházy: Hrabal’s book)

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