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under the dome

October 12, 2009

I run into Andreï Tarkovski alone in the salon of the Hotel San Domenico. The curtains are drawn. The halflight protects us. A magnetic field holds him in the center of an impenetrable force. He smiles at me. “We have to change our lives,” he says to me in English “because people go away without finding harmony, become curt and distressed, and no longer find peace in front of the always new beauty of the universe.”

“People pine for the true life, and I don’t want to live any more,” he says to me.

(more here and here)

from Under the Dome
by Jean Daive
tr. Rosemarie Waldrop

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