Absurditeter by Kerstin Svea Dahlén

By Kerstin Svea Dahlén

De här novellerna har det gemensamt att de handlar om varelser som heroiskt försöker förstå och acceptera sitt öde.
Varelserna är av olika slag; de heroiska resorna är också av olika slag, males slutet blir alltid det samma.
Absurditeterna är alltså endast skenbara.

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Jeg krøp til ro i den kroken jeg var tilvist, trakk over meg et dekke og falt i dyp søvn. Om noen var kommet inn, ville han vel tatt meg for en bylt med filler. Og det gjorde ganske sikkert abbeden da han oppsøkte William henimot den tredje time. Slik hendte det at jeg kom til å høre alt som ble sagt under denne samtalen. Og uten skam. Hvis jeg derimot plutselig hadde gitt meg til kjenne, ville det virket langt uhøfligere enn det jeg nå gjorde: ydmykt lå jeg musende stille. Men altså, den store abbed kom.

Det jevne og pene sporet i samme avstand viste at hestehovene var små og runde og at hesten løp i trav, av dette kunne jeg slutte meg til hva slags hest det var: den var dressert og disiplinert. Der hvor pinjene dannet et slags naturlig tak, var det brukket enkelte kvister, det var friske brudd i en høyde av fem fot. Der hvor hesten hadde svingt inn på stien ved en bjørnebærbusk, henger det igjen en del kullsvarte tagl fra hestens praktfulle hale. Og kom nå ikke og si at du ikke visste at den stien hesten slo inn på førte til det store halmlageret, for da vi var lenger nede på vei hit opp, kunne vi se spor etter all den skitt og lort som blir styrtet ned akkurat dit fra søndre tårn, det viste sporene i sneen.

Alt De har sagt er helt riktig. Og nå begriper De også mine bekymringer. Det ville vært ille nok om en av mine munker skulle ha skitnet seg til med en synd så stor som et selvmord. Men jeg har grunn til å tro at en av de andre har begått en enda forferdeligere synd. » «Men hvorfor akkurat en munk? » «Sant nok, det er et lite abbedi, men det er rikt,» sa abbeden med ikke liten stolthet. «Det er hundreogfemti tjenere og andre ansatte for seksti munker. Men det som har hendt nå, har hendt i Kolossen.

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