By Dino Buzzati
Within the first tale of this assortment, The cave in of the Valiverna, the reader witnesses the caving-in of a superb development which explanations many deaths. This tale is, in a feeling, a focus of Dino Buzzati's process - for every of those tales strains the cave in of the identified, daily international which leaves his characters fastened in a second of terror. The macabre, nightmarish incidents universal to its selection of tales are all rooted within the traditional global yet out of this very ordinariness grows a feeling of risk with a purpose to carry the reader in suspense. a few of them have a nearly parable-like connotation which lends them an additional size of intensity. Intrinsically readable, related probably to Edgar Allan Poe, Buzzati's paintings additionally tells us a lot approximately modern society.
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We can’t stay here. It isn’t safe. ” The three of them pulled him up the side of the ridge, sliding and slipping on the ash. The woman reached the top and stood waiting for them. “The forward command,” Hendricks muttered. “I came to negotiate with the Soviet—” “There is no more forward command. They got in. ” They reached the top of the ridge. “We’re all that’s left. The three of us. ” “This way. ” The woman unscrewed a lid, a gray manhole cover set in the ground. ” Hendricks lowered himself. The two soldiers and the woman came behind him, following him down the ladder.
Our war college, like any other, has prepared military plans for all foreseeable combinations of circumstances. If I cannot come to terms with you, Plan No. So-and-So goes into effect. ” He nailed the Overman with a ﬁsh-pale eye and continued in frozen tones: “After all, your dominance, I would prefer to ﬁght you. The only thing I would enjoy more would be to hunt you with hounds. Seven hundred years have shown this to be impossible. I opened negotiations to make the best of an evil bargain—since you cannot be conquered, it will pay better to join with you on a course of mutually proﬁtable imperialism.
We were here,” the soldier beside him said. He took off his helmet, pushing his blond hair back. “I’m Corporal Rudi Maxer. Polish. ” He held out his hand. Hendricks hesitated and then shook. ” The other soldier shook with him, a small dark man with thinning hair. Epstein plucked nervously at his ear. “Austrian. Impressed God knows when. I don’t remember. ” He indicated the woman. “That’s how we escaped. ” Epstein lit a cigarette. “First just one of them. The kind that tagged you. ” Hendricks became alert.