Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Haruki Murakami - Omschrijvingen van "stilte"

Murakami slaagt er altijd goed in om niet te beschrijven zaken toch een gevoel, een indruk mee te geven.

Vooral de manier waarop hij verschillende vormen van "stilte" vat is opvallend.

Enkele voorbeelden uit The Wild Sheep Chase.

"The record ended, the needle lifted, and all was silence. The sort of silence that follows in the wake of the death of all living things."(p.305)

"The movie theater was deathly quiet. Or rather everything around us was deathly quiet. Not a common occurence". (p.190)

"Did you see the photo of the horse in the weekend section?"
"Yes, I saw the horse photo," said the man.
"Don't the horse and the rider seem to be thinking of two totally different things?"
Through the receiver, a silence stole into the room. There wasn't a breath to be heard. It was a silence strong enough to make your ears hurt" (p. 162)

"The house itself was agonizingly quiet. As if spores of death were drifting about in some unpreventable contagion" (p. 144)

"The room itself was utterly silent. Now there is the silence you encounter on entering a grand manor. And there is the silence that comes from too few people in too big a space. But this was a different kind of silence altogether. A ponderous, oppressive silence. A silence reminiscent, though it put me a while to put my finger on it, of the silence that hangs around a terminal patient. A silent pregnant with the presentiment of death. The air faintly musty and ominous." (p124).

Murakami op zijn best. Ook in zijn andere boeken heeft hij prachtige omschrijvingen van stilte. Alleen vond ik die al bladerend niet zo meteen terug. Misschien moet ik al zijn boeken wel herlezen.

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