Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Darkroom of Damocles

The Darkroom of Damocles, by Willem Frederik Hermans
translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke

Who are the "good guys" or "bad guys"? Who can you trust ?

How do you know when you have been betrayed by the one into whose hands you have put your entire trust, and life?

Maybe you will never find out. Perhaps it is better if you remain uncertain, and keep what you believe rather than find out that the truth is ugliest of all the ways things can turn out.

Tension between redemption and justice. Idealistically justice is based on finding the truth, but redemption ? Maybe in some situations redemption and forgiveness have their own value.

chock full of words from another era, another part of the world:
fuller's earth
Rizla (still making the stuff)
Leidschendam viaduct
..and of course many others..

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