FOUND FIVE FINGERS OF A RIGHT HAND Inquire at: Dessingstrasse, 7, apt. 54 Telephone: 3.45
[W]hen the pianist Heinrich Dorn saw his runaway fingers lying in a cardboard box lined with cotton wool, he began to cry; the fingers, still pinched together, lay motionless in a hideous lump. Their cracked and ulcerated skin was caked with mud. Their once-fine tips, now repulsively flattened, bore the yellow excrescences of calluses; the nails were broken and lacerated; dried blood was turning black under the bends of the joints. – Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s “The Runaway Fingers,” from AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A CORPSE, translated by Joanne Turnbull & Nikolai Formozov, winners of the 2014 PEN Translation Prize.


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