Choses simples, Les

1993, 17:00 minutes, French


"Je suis né loin d'ici; je suis étranger. Dans cette langue étrange je ne peux que construire des phrases simples. Je peux dire que le ciel est bleu, que la mer est bleue, que le soleil réchauffe la terre, que ma maison était blanche, que ma terre était fertile; que les cicatrices de mes mains ont valu la peine. Par contre, je sais bien que les expériences s'accumulent sans ordre; que ma vieillesse m'a fait oublier certaines choses, que les arbres ont grandi trop vite; que leurs branches m'ont empêché de voir ce bleu du ciel que décrivent les livres." -Francisco Ruiz de Infante

"I was born a long way from here. Maybe for this reason some people don't understand me when I speak in the strange language. With this strange language, I can only contruct simple sentences. I can only say that the sky is blue, that the sea is blue, that the sun heats the earth, that my house was white, that my land was fertile; that the scars on my hands were worth the trouble. Why there are many simple things I cannot undeerstand; that I do not want to understand. I could say that the branches have grown too quickly; that I have not achieved the time necessary to see the blue of the sky." --Francisco Ruiz de Infante

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