“I killed several individual enemies in hand-to-hand combat, so now my fellow townspeople avoid me, and when I walk down the street everyone crosses to the other side. I can just smell their fear. It reeks of loathing, of Hegel and Kant, of the universal sense of human life and of so-called human kindness; all of which deserve my complete contempt.”
From “Hypnosis”, the opening chapter of Faruk Šehić’s award-winning novel Quiet Flows the Una, translated from the Bosnian by Will Firth. The novel is being published in English by Istros Books on March 31, 2016.
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