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By Umberto Eco

Eco screens in those essays an identical wit, studying, and full of life intelligence that thrilled readers of The identify of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. His variety is huge, and his insights are acute, often ironic, and infrequently downright humorous. Translated by way of William Weaver.

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Both narratives include lyric monologues on the subjects of loneliness, love, sadness, and joy, as well as vivid descriptions of a metropolis and its cafés and music halls where the narrators find work, and of the wide range of people they meet and interact with as friends, admirers, lovers, co-workers, neighbors and patrons. 42 Her being a “vagabond” is a consequence of this perpetual hunger. Since childhood she has had to move from one place to another, from one job to another, and from one relationship to another in search of an escape from poverty and starvation.

The only measures taken in Iwatake’s case were blood transfusions and large quantities of vitamin C, with a diet of peaches and raw egg. 86 We note that the treatment, after all, is not much different from what Shigematsu has been practicing himself. That Iwatake has recovered doubtless gives the best reason for Shigematsu and others to read his and his wife’s writing. Thus food in Kuroi ame does not simply point to general shortages and difficulties; it also signals the dissent of ordinary people from the authorities and their last hope for survival amid the man-made disaster of war.

Such an interval between an event and its recording is common enough in the process of diary writing, yet the structuredness here seems to suggest the shift from personal diary to monogatari. There is another prominent sign of this shift. ” is distinguished in this way because it ends in desu, while all other sentences are in plain style. This happens frequently in Hòròki. Whenever the narrator makes an important statement, one she wishes to highlight, even if it is in self-mockery, as is often the case, she tends to use the polite desu-masu style or the humble de gozaimasu.

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