Wednesday 29 September 2010

So where did it come from? The infinite darkness? / More like the suburbs.

“A good place; that's what people said to each other over the kitchen table a month or so after they had moved in.
"It's a good place we've come to."
Only one thing was missing. A past. At school, the children didn't get to do any special projects about Blackeberg's history because there wasn't one. That is to say, there was something about an old mill. A tobacco king. Some strange old buildings down by the water. But that was a long time ago and without any connection to the present.
Where the three-storied apartment buildings now stood there had been only forest before.
You were beyond the grasp of the mysteries of the past; there wasn't even a church. Nine thousand inhabitants and no church.
That tells you something about the modernity of the place, its rationality. It tells you something of how free they were from the ghosts of history and of terror.
It explains in part how unprepared they were."
John Ajvide Lindqvist: Let the Right One In

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