"... for a moment it is transformed and shines with a light of its own."
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

33. The Hunchbacked Girl





(Vasastaden, Gothenburg, 2009. Nikon D300 + Tokina 11-16/2.8)

"Här kommer den galna kvinnan dansande, medan hon vagt erinrar sig någonting. Barn driver iväg henne med stenar, som om hon vore en koltrast. Hon svingar en käpp och ser ut att jaga dem, och fortsätter sedan på sin färd. Hon har tappat en sko på vägen, men förblir ovetande om det. Långa spindelben rör sig på hennes nacke: det är ingenting annat än hennes hår. Hennes ansikte liknar inte längre en människas och hon utstöter skrattsalvor som en hyena. Hon släpper ifrån sig trasiga meningar, som även om de syddes ihop knappast skulle ge någon klar betydelse."
– Lautréamont, Maldorors sånger (1868)

"Behold the madwoman dancing along, with a vague memory of something in her mind. Children chase after her and throw stones at her, as if she were a blackbird. She brandishes a stick and makes as if to chase them, then continues on her way. She has left a shoe behind her on the path, and does not notice it. Long spiders' legs move on her nape; they are none other than her hair. Her face no longer looks like a human face, and she bursts into fits of laughter, like a hyena. She utters scraps of sentences in which, when they are put together, few would be able to find any clear meaning."
– Lautréamont,
The Songs of Maldoror (1868)

1 comment:

  1. She looks like someone in distress who's been through the land for many many days and heading for the city for respite and help.

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