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Darkness everywhere Martin Reiner

Translated from the Czech by Benjamin Paloff

Darkness everywhere. The room is filled with my gargantuan body. Whoever lies down right now might not get back up. I hide myself in the lines like a child.

Come over, we’ll talk it over. This kind of opportunity hasn’t come along for a good while. The trolls have returned to the dark corners of our bookstore. A heavy bottle of wine has slipped out of my hand. One song for the whole world.

It gets dark at four, and we’re just a little further on…

Out came Christmas.