May/June 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 3 May 1, 2019 |

An Excerpt from “The Laws of Motion”

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. 1 It was a hard hit, full front, and I got the worst part of it because he’s hefty, dense, taller than you’d think, and more striking. It was like running into a man-size boulder. The recoil slammed me against the stone wall, crushing my shoulder. He tilted backward and then pounced back quickly to his vertical. “It’s Philip Glass,” I thought, and, with that, time began to flow forward again at normal pace. We faced each other. “See this right here,” he said, his right hand pointed to his cheek, fingertips bunched like that typical Italian gesture. “I prefer to think it isn’t cancer,” he said. His fingers opened, and I saw the hole. It looked like an entry wound. I touched my own cheekbone like in front of a mirror. Swollen, scraped skin, a little sticky, watery ooze, no blood to speak of. “My fault,” he said, “I was looking at the plants.” His hand made a vortex in the air and pointed at the tomato

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Roberto Castillo Sandoval is a Chilean essayist, novelist, and translator. His works include Antípodas (Cuarto Propio, 2014), a translation of Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener into Spanish (Hueders, 2017), and a novel, Muriendo por la dulce patria mía (Libros del Laurel, 2017). He teaches Spanish and Comparative Literature at Haverford College. Los muertos del año, an anthology of fictional obituaries was published by Hueders in 2018. He is at work translating Hawthorne and Poe into Spanish.

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