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Excerpt from Voices from Chernobyl Children’s Chorus Alyosha Belskiy, 9; Anya Bogush, 10; Natasha Dvoretskaya, 16; Lena Zhudro, 15; Yura Zhuk, 15; Olya Zvonak, 10; Snezhana Zinevich, 16; Ira Kudryacheva, 14; Ylya Kasko, 11; Vanya Kovarov, 12; Vadim Karsnosolnyshko, 9; Vasya Mikulich, 15; Anton Nashivankin, 14; Marat Tatartsev, 16; Yulia Taraskina, 15; Katya Shevchuk, 15;…

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In Sight of the Lake Excerpt from Dear Life: Stories A woman goes to her doctor to have a prescription renewed. But the doctor is not there. It’s her day off. In fact the woman has got the day wrong, she has mixed up Monday with Tuesday. This is the very thing she wanted to…

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French Extrait d’Onitsha Le Surabaya, un navire de trois cents tonneaux, déjà vieux, de la Holland Africa Line, venait de quitter les eaux sales de l’estuaire de la Gironde et faisait route vers la côte ouest de l’Afrique, et Fintan regardait sa mère comme si c’était pour la première fois. Peut-être qu’il n’avait jamais senti…

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English Excerpt from Onitsha The Surabaya, an aging three-hundred-ton ship of the Holland Africa Line, had just left the dirty waters of the Gironde estuary, bound for the west coast of Africa, and Fintan looked at his mother as if it were for the first time. Perhaps he had never before realized how young she…

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Excerpt from Never Let Me Go We were fifteen by then, already into our last year at Hailsham. We’d been in the pavilion getting ready for a game of rounders. The boys were going through a phase of “enjoying” rounders in order to flirt with us, so there were over thirty of us that afternoon.…

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Excerpts from Disgrace Excerpts selected by the Nobel Library of the . (Pages 111-112 and 183-184) As gently as he can, he offers his question again. ‘Lucy, my dearest, why don’t you want to tell? It was a crime. There is no shame in being the object of a crime. You did not choose to…

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French Le Livre d’un homme seul Chapitre 54 Tu ne vis plus dans l’ombre de personne et tu ne considères plus l’ombre d’autrui comme un ennemi imaginaire, tu es sorti de cette ombre et voilà tout, tu ne vas pas te fabriquer espoirs et illusions, à l’origine, tu es arrivé dans ce monde sans le…

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English Excerpt from One Man’s Bible 54 You no longer live in other people’s shadows nor treat other people’s shadows as imaginary enemies. You just walked out of their shadows, stopped making up absurdities and fantasies, and are now in a vast emptiness and tranquillity. You originally came into the world naked and without cares…

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