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We surrendered to this arrogance when we let our graveyards become art without artists.
It took only minutes for the first boy to arrive. And only seconds for him to fall and be pulled into the river. Over half of the village’s young men were used in the building of this bridge. When completed, the son walked across the bodies to find his wife. Hours later he returned to his father’s house with her, sobbing. Their wedding night was spent pushing bodies downstream. The next day, while the new bride was washing her sister-in-law’s gown, the most beautiful woman in the province was taken to the river.
31 THE BURZHUIKA He was sitting with his family. How many years had it taken him to collect all those books? Stories of blades and mushrooms, villages and coastlines. How many years had he spent reading these stories to his children? They all knew them by heart by now, but still liked the sound of their father’s voice and the look on his face while he read. His wife used to say, He smiles like a windowpane being battered by hail, for a windowpane knows loyalty, knows when it has been victorious.