By Javier Marías
A boiled-down gem of a Marías tale approximately how Elvis (in Acapulco to movie a film) and his hard-drinking entourage abandon their interpreter in a seedy cantina choked with enraged criminals after insults begin to fly. whilst the neighborhood kingpin calls for to be informed what the americans are announcing, Elvis himself can provide a fair extra stinging parting shot – and who has to translate that?
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The light was still on in the bar, but the sergeant felt a need for solitude. So he made his way to the room where James Farny had been murdered. A second bed had been made up. In it Ludwig Farny, farm labourer from Amriswil, was sleeping the sleep of the just: that is, he was snoring outrageously. The sergeant gave him a clip round the ear. The lad shot up, startled, his dishevelled straw-blond hair sticking out and the blue of his eyes shining, shining . . ” “Then lie on your side. ” Obediently Ludwig turned his face to the wall, and in less than a minute was fast asleep once more.
You stay in the room, Ludwig,” said Studer once the dishes had been cleared away. “I have a visit to make. You’re responsible for the room. You’re not to let anyone in. ” “Yes, Studer,” said Ludwig, and you could see that he would resolutely carry out the defence with which he had been entrusted. And the sergeant was glad he had simply said “Studer” and not “Herr”. The mist had cleared, and there was frost on the ground. Thin banks of cloud drifted across the sky, hiding the moon, then releasing it again.
Finally it reached his forehead, making his face look like one of those bizarre crustaceans that crawl around on the bottom of the sea and go deep red when thrown into boiling water. “Yes, I did write to him. ” “No, why ever should there be? ” They were all the same, these farm labourers who didn’t have much money. They didn’t carry their wallet in the inside pocket of their jacket, like fine gentlemen, but in the lining of their waistcoat, inside, over their heart. It took some time, therefore, before Ludwig Farny had unbuttoned various articles of clothing and produced the battered wallet, which he had probably acquired by a swap.
Bad Nature, or With Elvis in Mexico by Javier Marías