Saturday, March 10, 2007

Book Review: Ambiguous Adventure

"It still seems to me that in coming here [Paris] I have lost a privileged mode of acquaintance. In former times the world was like my father's dwelling: everything took me into the very essence of itself, as if nothing could exist except through me. The world was not silent and neuter. It was alive. It was aggressive. It spread out. No scholar ever had such knowledge of anything as I had, then, of being."
After a short silence he added:
"Here, now, the world is silent, and there is no longer any resonance from myself. I am like a broken balafong, like a musical instrument that has gone dead. I have the impression that nothing touches me anymore."
-Samba Diallo
Ambiguous Adventure, pp. 149-50

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