Readings — From the November 2013 issue

A Summer Sunday

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By Jonathan Littell, from The Fata Morgana Books, to be published this month by Two Lines Press. Littell is the author of several books, including The Kindly Ones. Translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell.

Down below rise the two towers. They are outlined against a gray sky, mournful from suppressed light. Some trees partly obscure the second one, the one burned from bottom to top. They stand silent, indifferent to everything happening at their feet. The wind rustles the leaves in the trees. Trails of clouds flower lazily across the sky. It’s a summer Sunday. After a while, the sun reaches the balcony and warms face and legs. Then for a few hours you take refuge in the dark, cool interior of the apartment.

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