By Michael Katakis
A visceral and eviscerating lament for the us, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can not undergo to dwell in.
Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of huge desires, vibrant colors and sleight of hand. That position was once America.
One evening, vacationing the place those that dwell inside illusions should not pass, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows amassed, revealing one other the USA. It used to be a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - one thousand shards of glass - choked with a those who in the past had given away all that was once worthwhile; a those that were offered, for therefore lengthy, a international betrayal that eventually got here from inside of, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.
These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, 1000 Shards of Glass is Michael's attract his fellow voters to alter their direction; a cautionary story to these all over the world who idealise an the US that by no means was once; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose most sensible days may perhaps nonetheless lie forward.
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I expected the physical pain to hit when I was at rest, and I prepared myself for the onset of my mental torment. But I already knew that I had the ability to free myself from hatred, and I viewed this as my most significant conquest. I arrived back at the cage and decided to isolate myself, to hide my emotions. Clara was sitting facing the wall with her back to me, by a wooden board that served as a table. She turned around. I found her expression disconcerting, I sensed a surge of satisfaction, which hurt me.
When I finally managed to sit up, I had the chain around my neck and the man was pulling on it, jerkily, to oblige me to follow him. He was foaming at the mouth as he shouted at me. The way back to the camp seemed very long, under the weight of my humiliation and their sarcasm. One in front of me, two others behind, they were loudly exulting in their victory. I did not feel like crying. It wasn’t pride. It was just the scorn required to ensure that the cruelty of these men and the pleasure they derived from it had not reached my soul.
He grinned, aware that he was delighting his audience. With one finger he beckoned to the man who had brutalized me. “Take her chains off. ” It was unbearable to endure the touch of that man’s hands, brushing my skin as he put the key into the padlock hanging from my neck. He was smart enough not to make too much of it. Then he knelt down, not looking at me, and removed the chains that hobbled my feet. Relieved of the weight, I wondered what I should do. Should I leave without asking for anything more or thank the commander for this gesture of mercy?
A Thousand Shards of Glass: There Is Another America by Michael Katakis