Nguyễn Văn Thiện | We consume words (38)

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Truyện ngắn Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

We consume words

We were very hungry, starving from the year of the wood rooster(1945) to the year of the wood rabbit continued to be hungry after the year of the wood goat passed by. We were thin, but we craved fame, we craved letters. We consumed words by Du words by Trãi words by Giáng and swallowed as well the words by Viên.

We gnawed on each page before rolling over on our back, displaying our bulging bare bellies waiting for the words to digest, we wait, and we wait.

Indeed, in consuming the words, chewing on the vowels swallowing whole the consonants and urinating out the signs and bars, defecating words, phrases, sometimes, with severe abdominal bloating, we vomit out passages at a time. We were creative! We possessed constant flows of inspiration; it would have been…

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