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Leesfragment: Known and Strange Things

28 augustus 2016

Teju Cole houdt de Spui25-lezing op 23 september. Coles eerste essaybundel, Known and Strange Things is in augustus verschenen bij Faber & Faber. Wij brengen een fragment uit de epiloog, 'Blind spot'.

'One night in April 2011, I stayed up late, reading the final pages of Virginia Woolf’s diaries. Those pages, written in late 1940 and early 1941, were [...] above all [about] her losing battle against depression. But the pages held a radiance too, because of Woolf’s prose, the intensity of her attention to life, and the epiphanic moments that intermittently illuminated the gloom. I went to sleep in the glare of her words. It was late, around three. I slept dreamlessly. When I woke up, there was a grey veil right across the visual field of my left eye.'

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