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míol mór's note

He tried to think of something to say but he could not. He'd had this feeling before, beyond the numbness and the dull despair. The world shrinking down about a raw core of parsible entities. The names of things slowly following those things into oblivion. Colors. The names of birds. Things to eat. Finally the names of things one believed to be true. More fragile than he would have thought. How much was gone already? The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality. Drawing down like something trying to preserve heat. In time to wink out forever.

As a linguist I find this passage very moving, the notion that language too goes out in a decaying world.
Words disappear along with their referents.
Nothing new, except that in the novel's post-apocalypse no new words are created. Language simply shrinks, flickers and will eventually, probably, disappear.

Dialogues are already brief, simple and far between.

cf. a similar concept had already been developed by Paul Auster in In the Country of Last Things:
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Babyluv's note

He tried to think of something to say but he could not. He'd had this feeling before, beyond the numbness and the dull despair. The world shrinking down about a raw core of parsible entities. The names of things slowly following those things into oblivion. Colours. The name of birds. Things to eat. Finally the names of things one believed to be true. More fragile that he would have thought. How much was gone already? The sacred idiom shorn of its referents and so of its reality. Drawing down like something trying to preserve heat. In time to wink out forever.


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