A Choice of Flowers. Chaguo LA Maua: An Anthology of Swahili by Jan Knappert

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He had run faster and faster, back into his new, worthless existence – back to the bachelor flat in Schöneberg into which he’d moved after being discharged from hospital. But he hadn’t run fast enough to escape from all the memories pursuing him. Their first kiss at the age of seventeen; Sandra’s laughter when she gave away the plot of a film before he guessed it himself; her look of disbelief when he told her how lovely she was; their tears when the pregnancy test turned out positive; and, finally, the advertisement he’d just reread.

A man who has accidentally run over a child will never again be haunted by terrible visions of the paramedics failing to resuscitate it. ’ Smoothly though the chauffeur braked, there was a faint clink from the cut-glass tumblers in the limo’s walnut-veneered cocktail cabinet. ‘The world’s intelligence services are interested in our findings, I fully admit. From now on, there’ll be no need to eliminate agents who threaten to defect to the enemy, taking all their knowledge with them. ’ ‘It’s a billion-dollar business, I grant you, and of unparalleled importance to the immediate future.

It was unusually thick, about as thick as a folded banknote. Marc could have sworn it would smell of some rare wood if he sniffed it. ’ the stranger asked with another good-natured smile. ’ Marc murmured to himself, running a fingertip over the black engraved lettering on the linen card. ’ ‘Just a minute. ’ Turning the card over, Marc recognized the clinic’s logo. Some ingenious commercial artist had woven the professor’s initials into a figure eight lying on its side – the infinity symbol. ‘That advert.

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