Tillvaratagna eftermiddagar

Claes Tellvid

Tillvaratagna eftermiddagar was originally written in English, in London in the autumn of 1984. The title was “Reasonable Afternoons” and it was printed in 65 copies. The author’s Swedish translation is of later date. The original English features below.

DRÖMBOKEN Den som drömmer att han äter böcker, har inte lång tid kvar att leva.

THE TABLE
The table is a thin sheet of paper.

THE DREAM BOOK He who eats books in a dream will die soon.

A MIRAGE IN FACT
As a matter of fact, the oculist did not shake his glasses.

MODERATION
Too much labor deadens the soul.

 

SVART MÖRKER: Mörkret är svart till färgen för att lättare kunna urskiljas.

BUSINESS
Business is natural, says the monkey.

FACTS
The people of facts stumble on amid smoke and noise.

UMBRELLAS
I have seen the umbrellas brush each other in passing.

BLACK DARKNESS
In order that you may see the darkness, it is coloured black.

 

Tillvaratagna eftermiddagar was originally written in English, in London in the autumn of 1984. The title was “Reasonable Afternoons” and it was printed in 65 copies. The author’s Swedish translation is of later date.

 

Claes Tellvid
Tillvaratagna eftermiddagar, 28 pages
Chateaux [Supplement 3], 2018

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