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A copy of the first edition of the Edda Islandorum of Snorri,
printed in Denmark.
The five volumes of Schopenhauer's œuvre.
The two volumes of Chapman's Odyssey.
A sword that waged war—the desert.
A maté gourd with serpent feet my great-grandfather brought
from Lima.
A crystal prism.
Some smudgy daguerreotypes.
A terraqueous wooden globe which Cecilia Ingenieros gave
me and was her father's.
A cane with a curved handle I walked through the American
plains, through Colombia and Texas.
Various metal cylinders with diplomas.
The cap and gown of a doctorate.
Enterprises by Saavedra Fajardo, in odorous Spanish board.
The memory of a morning.
Lines of Virgil and Frost.
The voice of Macedonio Fernández.
The love or dialogue of a few.
Certainly they are talismans, but of no use against the
darkness that I cannot name, against the darkness that I
must not name.