sábado, 3 de março de 2012

'perhaps the very music that the dying Antony in Cavafy's poem heard'

Here came the Rifiya dervishes, who could in their trances walk upon embers or drink molten glass or eat live scorpions – or dance the turning measure of the universe out, until reality ran down like an overwound spring and they fell gasping to the earth, dazed like birds. The banners and torches, the great openwork braziers full of burning wood, the great paper lanterns inscribed with texts,they made staggering loops and patterns of light upon the darkness of the Alexandrian night, rising and falling, and now the pitches were swollen with spectators, worrying at the procession like mastiffs, screaming and pulling; and still the flood poured on with its own wild music (perhaps the very music that the dying Antony in Cavafy's poem heard) until it engulfed the darkness of the great meidan, spreading around it the fitful contours of robes and faces and objects without context but whose colours sprang up and darkened the edges of the sky with colour. Human beings were setting fire to each others.

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet, Balthazar, Faber & Faber, 1968

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