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137 pages, Hardcover
First published March 23, 2016
“He knew that to stay alive, he had turned the steering wheel towards his side of the car at the decisive moment. Unconsciously. Just as any other driver would have done. To protect himself.”
“Oghi looked lovingly on his wife’s shallow vanity. She knew exactly what her goals were, and though she believed in them, she failed at nearly everything she set out to do. Yet she brushed off each failure, hardly any worse for the wear. Then quickly found herself a new role model and extolled their virtues ad nauseam. By doing so, she seemed to come to an understanding of the difference between longing and ambition.”
“The world's oldest map, the Babylonian Map of the World, had a little circle bored through the center. [...] That dark, narrow hole went as deep as the memory of an age that no one could ever return to. The only way to reach that lost age was through that hole, but the hole itself could never be reached.”
"To be human was to be saddled with emptiness."
"What my daughter couldn’t. What she meant to do. What she wanted to do. I have to do it for her. And I will. You know she was all I had.”