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The Cat and the Cyclist

In her novel La storia (p. 236), Elsa Morante, who is one of the most famous writers of Italian literature anyhow, dares make the following comparison for a little cat:

“essa corse subito a testa bassa e coda alta, come un ciclista in velocità”

(she immediately began to run keeping her head down and her tail up, like a cyclist going fast)

How do you imagine the cycliste on his bike? ;-))

(Fame does not protect a writer from his/her readers’ disrespectfulness...)

Hans-Rudolf Hower, 2002

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