Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the King of clubs.
Story: The Eyes of the Statue, by Camara Laye (translated from the French by Una MacLean), in The Granta Book of the African Short Story.
Comments: Camara Laye (1928-80) was a Guinean writer. This story features a nameless young woman and a nameless old man in a nameless abandoned city which is reached by traversing a nameless desert. The characters talk about the Meaning of Life. It’s largely an “existential angst” portrayal, with a bit of unpleasant sci-fi at the end, not forgetting overtones of Shelley’s Ozymandias. It is written in simple language, easy to follow. The twist at the end hit me like a wallop on the head – I wasn’t even sure that was the end, I turned the page to see if there was more.
At no time was I conscious that I was reading a story in translation, which is a mark of a good translator.