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By Filippo Bologna

3 males are getting ready to do conflict. Their objective is a prestigious literary prize. and every guy will do something to win it. For the younger newbie, enjoyed by way of critics greater than readers, it potential popularity. For The grasp, outdated, exhausted, preoccupied together with his prostate, it capacity cash. And for The Writer-successful, useless and in his prime-it is an issue of lifestyles and loss of life. because the competitors lie, cheat and plot their approach to victory, their paths crossing with ex-wives, indignant girlfriends, preening publishers and an odd black parrot, the day of the Prize rite takes on a much darker value than they can have imagined.

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Presided over by way of an aged priest who couldn’t wait to head domestic. at the coffin, carried through The Director of The Small Publishing corporation besides the undertaker’s assistants, a shabby wreath of flora and a suite of poetry. once they left the church, the few mourners, rather than following the hearse to the cemetery, had drifted away. In Rome it used to be overdue autumn. there has been wind, and swollen clouds scurried around the sky. An indirect gentle hit the façade of the church and bounced off the roofs of the autos. The writer descended the stairs along with his fingers in his wallet. The grasp had died on my own, he idea, simply as he had lived. A loss of life as incomprehensible because it used to be absurd. a quick circuit. That used to be what he’d heard. The fuse had blown as he used to be placing the plug of a robotic vacuum purifier, one of those digital broom The grasp had gained by way of gaining issues from a mail-order wine corporation. The surprise were so nice that, while the neighbour had came across him, she hadn’t controlled to prise his hand clear of the broom deal with, as though that they had been soldered jointly into one mass. certainly a long way too prosaic for the demise of a poet. That was once all of the hearsay The writer had controlled to choose up. What he didn't comprehend is that days later, at Torchio Wines, they'd discovered that the variety of stickers despatched through The grasp was once certainly more than they'd counted, simply because he had caught a few at the again of the coupon. that modified every little thing. It wasn’t the robotic vacuum cleanser he used to be due, however the first prize: the notebook computer entire with scanner, printer and a distance-learning direction in IT. other than that the place The grasp was once now, the gap fairly used to be too a long way. After ringing the bell in useless and checking the tackle back, the courier had deposited the package deal open air the closed gate. A prostitute whose pitch used to be open air the home had signed for The grasp, conserving she used to be a chum of his. Which used to be actual. thankfully, there also are chuffed issues to document: The female friend has given start to a stunning, fit female descendant who weighed three pounds 2 hundred grams at delivery. The newbie isn’t writing one other novel, yet has began paintings on a script for a now not first-class television drama sequence. he's being good paid, yet occasionally, ahead of falling asleep, the idea hits him that he's losing his time and should return to literature. And there’s no cause to think he won’t, ultimately. The fauna of metropolitan components is more and more clever. Over the generations, the animals present in our towns have constructed higher brains and ever extra refined tools of model. In a remarkably couple of minutes, the miracle of evolution has made them in a position to adapting to an atmosphere as wealthy in stimuli because the city one. among the such animals, those who seem to be so much cozy in an city setting are certainly the birds. And one of several species, the unique ones have established a very wonderful and unforeseen skill to evolve. alongside the avenues, within the center of town parks, or within the outlying districts, it's an more and more common prevalence to encounter multi-coloured specimens of parrots, just like the ring-necked parakeet or the blue-fronted Amazon which—having escaped from their cages—have proliferated, using away even the neighborhood poultry existence.

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