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By J.M.G. Le Clezio

Struggle - within the brain of the delicate Bea B., within the endless icy panorama she trips via, in Vietnam, in 10,000 years of human historical past. The struggle of the name isn't really in basic terms a conflict of hands yet a generalised kingdom of violence permeating each atom of Le Clézio's production. Bea B. searches for clues for the foundation of the evil. lower than her looking gaze the main daily items - ads, automobiles, gentle bulbs - demonstrate remarkable dimensions, because the earth trembles near to cataclysmic explosion.

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The mouths increase, too, a few closed, a few open. They breathe. They converse. What they say is infrequently audible. phrases that hover in area, and which are melted immediately through the encircling uproar. ‘What I say is’ ‘Ah how actual that's, Monsieur Russo’ ‘Chock’ ‘At Baden-Baden’ Nostrils engaged in respiring, by means of . occasionally they're blocked, and a unusual valve-like wheeze comes out. They quiver. They draw avidly from the reservoir of the air, which penetrates noisily into the lungs. The faces enhance progressively throughout the thick air. One doesn't recognize them. no doubt, one won't ever comprehend them. One is imprisoned within the plexiglass shell, not able to the touch something. hundreds of thousands of such faces, transmitting speech and notion. a lot of these issues and these kind of people who one comes throughout and passes, that one forgets. very unlikely to halt. most unlikely to carry again. those are the armies of the conflict of circulate and noise. they come and disappear back. For a 10th of a moment, they shine out, with transparent blameless eyes. in any other case the worn face of an previous girl, sucking her gums as she advances. one other face, brown and tough, with traces of sorrow round the mouth and features of anger among the brows. one other one, and one other, and one more. a woman with nonetheless unformed beneficial properties: the lightning of her look flashes as soon as and is extinguished. nonetheless one other face, chalk-white, a woman’s masks on which the eyelids are emphasised with a stroke of charcoal, the lips with a pink line, and the hair curls again alongside the brow in separate locks. there's loads hermetically sealed attractiveness passing on the street, whereas the noise erupts throughout. The mechanisms are ideal, they've got mystery works: easily working wires, coils, muscle groups. The our bodies are metal shells over which the uproar swirls. every little thing is closed. to appreciate, tin-openers will be wanted. The noise bursts opposed to the polished skins and spreads in hundreds of thousands of phosphorescent droplets. yet probably it's the noise that drives all of the women and men ahead. The snarls of the engines push the silhouettes ahead, on their waves, as if onto the crest of a curler, and those outlines will ultimately holiday into foam on the different finish of the area. Already, there's virtually no-one left. There are just those endlessly intersecting activities, those machines outfitted with legs that straddle the floor, and ft that slap the cement and tar. The noise has crammed the realm, leaving no room for anything. The noise has pushed all phrases and techniques very distant, and changed them through structures. every little thing, this present day, is noise – even the silence. The roadway’s black river is an enduring snarl over which the snarls of the autos and lorries go with the flow. The outstretched branches of the bushes vibrate. The white structures hundreds of thousands of ft excessive are vertical howls, every one window a noisy noise establishing up within the muttering air. the sunshine explodes because it falls, the black shadows are blobs urgent opposed to the ear-drums. Very far-off, past the thunderous urban, there are the uninteresting thuds that echo from the bald mountains, there's the sea’s rumination.

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