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I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.Vladimir Nabokov
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Toska - noun /ˈtō-skə/ - Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness.

"No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.
Vladimir Nabokov
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A man was the cause of it.
An unarmed man with a weapon.
Frank O'Hara
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Mad Love by André Breton
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The Poet Assassinated by Guillaume Apollinaire
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Calligrammes by Guillaume Apollinaire
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Selected Writings by Guillaume Apollinaire
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Alcools by Guillaume Apollinaire
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Poésies by Comte de Lautréamont
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André Breton
“What’s the good of these great fragile fits of enthusiasm, these jaded jumps of joys? We know nothing anymore, but the dead stars; we gaze at their faces; and we gasp with pleasure. Our mouths are dry as the lost beaches, and our eyes turn aimlessly and without hope. Now all that remain are these cafés where we meet to drink these cool drinks, these diluted spirits, and the tables are stickier than the pavements where our shadows of the day before have fallen.”
André Breton, The Magnetic Fields

“Kafka noted in a letter to his friend Oskar Pollak that “some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle.”
David Mikics, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

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“Illusions are more common than changes in fortune”
Franz Kafka, The Castle

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“Deceptions are more frequent than changes”
Franz Kafka, The Castle

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“Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle… We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”
Franz Kafka
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