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Carnival Carnival by Rawi Hage
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“Everything about her seems to be saying, Listen, if you don’t look attentively, if you don’t go beyond my simplicity to detect the simmering volcano in me, you are not it.”
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“We are all the products and victims of our own upbringing, until we reflect, refuse, and rebel.”
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“All libraries must submit to a certain order, I answered. Indeed, agreed the professor, or all will be lost. The fall of nations and empires begins with the fall of libraries.”
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“What the fuck is legal in this universe? Stars eat each other, wolves eat the pigs, and Grandma fucks over Little Red Riding Hood.”
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“There will always be a just fight and a cause to die for.”
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“Here in these circuses and carnivals we all love each other with our oddities and queernesses.”
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“Jazz and vodka, the fuel of resistance.”
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“There is a war out there, and believe me, Fly, it was never really between Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Crusaders and Confucius. The final battle is between those who love, respect, and liberate the body and those who hate it”
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tags: life, war
“The moon should be colonised, I thought. Mankind should seek a happier beginning, and humans should be free to stroll hand in hand regardless of their weight and orientation.”
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“Violence and resistance are the only answer. Empire has to feel pain or it will never stop devouring you. It is only when a gun is put in a person’s face that anything changes. All empires are hungry cannibals...”
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“Never underestimate a clown with a book.”
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tags: book, clown
“I drove through the suburbs, where all the houses looked identical, one variation of another of the same thing. I said to myself, I’d rather fire myself from a cannon, pick up the shit of elephants and eat it, suffocate inside Houdini’s water tank, lie beneath the running horses, or sodomise a big cat in a cage and pay the consequences than get trapped in these suburbs of cardboard, gossip, and conformity.”
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“People live their lives thinking that they are forgotten, and that is why we do the most outrageous things, so as not to go unnoticed”
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“So long, I replied, may we all have one good flight before we rest among flowers and the orbits of hungry worms.”
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“God created each one of us with a light inside. I’ve had sex with all kinds of people; every single person has a kind of beam inside that shines once they are touched properly.”
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“Poor Mary. They married her to Jesus, and Jesus is an asexual circumcised revolutionary. What future is there to be had in that scenario?”
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“I don't judge those who can't dream, those who need to pierce their arms to create different worlds under their skin, because I am fortunate in the tools of my escapes”
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“Everyone loves a comedy, my dear. It is divine.”
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“When a woman enters my house, a tunnel of books welcomes her, a carnival of heroes bounces from every corner, and I lead her straight through the welcoming applause of writers and mice.”
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“We flew out of the city and we landed on the page where Moses split the sea and the Jews marched between those suspended mountains of water, hovering, humming on both sides, and the poor expelled merchants wondered if Moses knew what the fuck he was doing. What if his hand got tired and he accidentally dropped his magic cane, or got distracted by a wet desert ass, or lost his sandals, or what if that lush single malt of a God changed his mind again and the fucking Red Sea closed in on them with its menstrual red liquid?”
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“There are two ways to taste things in life: the sweet way and the bitter way.”
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“Fiction is overrated, Fly. We’ve discussed this. In the time it takes those novelist fuckers to contemplate a few poetic passages, a thousand kids die from malnutrition. Immediacy, man, that’s what counts.”
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“What do the stars believe in, Zainab? Where do the dead horses go, what do the birds worship, and what do the rivers live for?”
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“What reader or dreamer doesn’t imagine the romantic life of a writer, who lingers between the desk and the fridge in the morning and in the evening attends cocktail parties thrown by nouveaux riches and the society ladies who hardly ever have the time to read?”
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“I say, doctors are the profiteers of death and unclaimed cadavers that were once inhabited by homeless and wondering poets!”
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“These two, I thought, are no rebels; it is obvious that they have never been on the barricades of protesters and revolutionaries, they have never waved flags through the tear gas of a nation state. They have never charged with stones and sticks to break down the fences that protect the men in suits, the diggers of gold beneath the indigenous's soil, the oil thieves in boardrooms and the politicians behind citadel walls. The first rule of resistance is to keep you eyes open and protect your nose from the smell of defeat when the waft of power comes to separate you from your brothers-in-arms.”
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“This lesser world is all about reproduction, as you might well know. Those who cease to duplicate simply die.”
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“Then let’s treat all these holy texts as stories, fictions, and imperfections that could excite us to tears or erections.”
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“There is nothing like the cure of fresh air for cases of bladder infection, paranoia, and Cartesian thinking.”
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“Violence and resistance are the only answer. Empire has to feel pain or it will never stop devouring you. It is only when a gun is put in a person's face that anything changes”
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