The Past

By Alan Pauls

'A novel that's fantastic sufficient to elevate itself without problems above and past the extent of the vices it portrays: unusual paintings and reckless ardour, cocaine, over the top workout and other kinds of addiction' - Fabienne Dum, Le Monde

Rímini splits up together with his female friend of twelve years, Sofía. The parting is at first amicable and he strikes on, carefree, with a brand new zest for all times. Hungry to make up for misplaced time and prepared to omit the prior, he unearths a more youthful female friend and starts off utilizing cocaine.

Sofía, even if, reveals herself not able to enable pass, and keeps to reappear on Rímini's horizon. although the it appears idyllic courting is over, their love has now not died, only taken on a unique shape. As time passes and their paths proceed to pass, the previous festers and torments them, like an infection.

Literary Awards
Premio Herralde de Novela (2003)
Independent overseas Fiction Prize Nominee for Longlist (2008)

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He felt somebody tugging at his sleeve. ‘Why did you faint? ’ – it used to be Sofia, dragging him in the direction of the go out. ‘Oh,’ Rimini protested, ‘it used to be simply low blood strain. ’ ‘It’s no longer the 1st time, and this time there has been no blood concerned. Shouldn’t you spot a neurologist? Or have been you simply embarrassed through the query I requested? ’ Rimini stared on the vertical strip of sunshine among the 2 doorways and quickened his speed in the direction of them. ‘Anyway, you didn’t solution me, Rimini. Did you get my postcard or no longer? ’ ‘When did you arrive? ’ he requested, hoping that via altering subject matters he was once taking the initiative. ‘This morning. i purchased a paper at Ezeiza, observed the lecture was once introduced, and made up our minds to come back. And don’t cross pondering I do that kind of factor for everybody. I’m useless drained, Rimini. How lengthy is it considering that we’ve visible one another? Why do foreigners who come the following to offer lectures by no means solution the questions they’re requested? ’ They shared the 2 go out doorways: Rimini driven open the single at the left, Sofia the right-hand one. after they emerged into the lobby, Rimini was once dissatisfied: he hoped to discover faces, humans, noise, the exaggerated hubbub with which an viewers compensates for the compelled vow of silence they're obliged to take inside of theatres. as a substitute there have been basically or 3 scholars idly observing the poster, an outdated guy in a cap who was once limping throughout to place a series in the street doorways, and a harsh mild that looked to be bleaching every thing white. ‘Shall we opt for a drink? ’ stated Sofia. Rimini checked out her – first at her face, after which all of her – from head to foot: her trousers appeared new, yet one of many turn-ups was once frayed and an immense oval patch of oil or grease stained one of many wallet. She was once donning 3 or 4 jewelry on each one hand; now not jewels, however the traditional handicraft ones she constantly wore. They seemed noble and austere, yet each one of her fingernails used to be topped via a half-moon of dust, and all her cuticles were chewed uncooked. This was once no longer a scarcity of care, or negligence; to the contrary, it confirmed how a lot she demanded of herself, no matter if in a erroneous model. It took Rimini a while to understand that the body spray he may perhaps odor, a dense mix of chewing-gum and alcohol, used to be coming from her make-up, and that what was the reason for his head whirl used to be the variation in measurement among her eyes: the only at the correct used to be even more closed than the opposite one, its eyebrow sprinkled with black eye-liner. ‘No,’ acknowledged Rimini, ‘I can’t. It’s the top of the seminar: i must move and devour with everybody else. ’ The theatre doorways burst open and Carmen seemed within the lobby. She regarded nervous, and used to be wearing a number of flora. shut in the back of her was once a tanned older guy, donning a Prince of Wales payment go well with, who used to be sneezing time and again right into a handkerchief. while Carmen observed Rimini she got here to an abrupt halt, along with her correct foot stretched out yet nonetheless in mid-air, and the left one tensed to push off, displaying her ligaments. Rimini felt like a type of minor deities who, fed on with lasciviousness, hope, and the basest passions, capture sight of the gorgeous huntress who's using them wild within the center of a wooden, and since they can not own her both simply because their lowly position within the divine hierarchy won't allow it, or simply because a few higher-ranking god has already selected her as their prize, decide to flip her right into a stone statue.

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