The Spirit of Emulation



❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Spirit of Emulation Author Fernando Sorrentino – E17streets4all.co.uk Online fictionRivalry erupts amongst the inhabitants of an apartment buildingFrom Imperios y servidumbres, Barcelona Editorial Seix Barral, Online fictionRivalry erupts amongst the inhabitants of an apartment buildingFrom Imperios y servidumbres, Barcelona Editorial Seix Barral,.The Spirit of Emulation

Fernando Sorrentino is an Argentine writer born in Buenos Aires on November , His works have been translated into English, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Bulgarian, Chinese, Vietnamese, The Spirit ePUB Æ Tamil, and Kabyle In Fernando Sorrentino published a collection of short stories entitled Per colpa del dottor Moreau ed altri racconti fantastici The collection includes all his short stories translated in Italian and is published by Progetto Babele literary magazine.

The Spirit of Emulation ePUB ☆ The Spirit  ePUB
  • ebook
  • 3 pages
  • The Spirit of Emulation
  • Fernando Sorrentino
  • English
  • 14 July 2019

10 thoughts on “The Spirit of Emulation

  1. says:

    Fernando Sorrentino describes the spirit of emulation erupting in his Buenos Aires apartment You can read the story in its entirety below As you can see, once started, competition quickly spirals out of control I can only wonder the direction such a spiraling will take in my own apartment building located on the outskirts of Philadelphia Oh, yes, there s been a recent eruption But since this is the US and not Argentina, the land where there areautomobiles named after animals than anim Fernando Sorrentino describes the spirit of emulation erupting in his Buenos Aires apartment You can read the story in its entirety below As you can see, once started, competition quickly spirals out of control I can only wonder the direction such a spiraling will take in my own apartment building located on the outskirts of Philadelphia Oh, yes, there s been a recent eruption But since this is the US and not Argentina, the land where there areautomobiles named after animals than animals themselves, its exotic cars rather than exotic species.It all started last week when the guy who lives down the hall pulled in the driveway to our apartment building with his shiny spanking new red Thunderbird He circled the parking lot at least five times before pulling into a vacant space I overheard him talking about his Thunderbird to his buddy who lives in a penthouse on the top floor Not to be outdone, the very next day his friend pulled in the driveway in his brand new, recently released from the manufacturer, white Jaguar As happenstance would have it, I was walking outside when he pulled into the vacant spot next to the Thunderbird The owner of the Thunderbird happened to also be present The Jaguar owner gets out of his car and shakes his friend s hand They both turn in my direction with an unmistakably condescending air Not room for misinterpretation, I was on the receiving end of a double fleer If I wasn t being polite, I d say I was on the receiving end of a double sneer Either way, one could only take such eyeballing as a direct challenge I made a beeline to my computer and after a round of intense research I found my car Yesterday I pulled in the driveway, circled the parking lot a dozen times and parked in the perfect spot, a parking spot where I can see my new Ferrari pictured above from my apartment window And, yes, later in the day I caught a good glimpse of both those guys down in the parking lot taking a long, hard look at my black beauty And if either of those gents, or anybody else for that matter, even begins to try to top me, I spoke with the dealer he has twoFerrari sport cars in his showroom he would bethan happy to sell to me Emulate that, boys THE SPIRIT OF EMULATIONAmong the inhabitants of the apartment building on Paraguay Street, where I live, the spirit of emulation is quite intense It s true that for a long time they limited themselves to rivaling one another in dogs, cats, canaries or parrots The most exotic among them never went beyond little squirrels or a turtle I myself had a beautiful German shepherd named Joey that was just slightly smaller than our apartment However, besides Joey and this was something completely unknown , there lived with my wife and me a lovely spider of the species Lycosa pampeana One morning, at nine o clock, while I was feeding my pet, the neighbor from 7 C whom I had never even seen before came by to borrow my newspaper for a moment, for who knows what confused reason Afterwards, without managing to leave, he just stood there for a long time with the newspaper in his hand He was staring, fascinated, at Gertrude, and in his stare there was something that made me shudder It was the spirit of emulation The next day he came by to show me the scorpion he had just bought In the hallway, the maid of the people who live in 7 D overheard our dialogue on the life, habits and feeding of spiders, scorpions and ticks That very afternoon her employers acquired a crab Then, for a week, there was nothing new of note Until one evening when I happened to be on the elevator with one of the neighbor women on the third floor a languid, young blonde with one of those vacant stares in her eyes She was carrying a big, yellow purse, the zipper of which was partially broken every little while, through one of the breaks, there would poke out the tiny head of a golden yellow lizard The following noon, as I was returning from the grocery store, the bags almost flipped out of my hands when I bumped headlong into the large ant bear or anteater which was being lowered from a truck, en route to the doorman s office One of the many onlookers who had congregated there mumbled in a voice loud enough to be heard that in truth the ant bear was not a real bear The attorney s wife looked startled at this, and ran, trembling, to take refuge in her apartment I didn t see her reappear until a few days later when, with a radiant and disdainful face, she came out to sign the receipt for the freight delivery men who had just brought her an American brown bear My situation was now becoming untenable The neighbors denied me their greetings, the butcher refused me credit, and I was receiving insulting anonymous letters every day Finally, when my wife threatened me with separation, I realized I could no longer endure an insignificant Lycosa pampeana a single dayI then entered upon an unprecedented round of activities I borrowed money from several friends, I became indescribably frugal, I stopped smoking In this way I was able to purchase the most marvelous leopard you can imagine Immediately, the fellow in 7 C, who always followed right in my footsteps, tried to outdo me with a jaguar And, although it may seem illogical, he succeeded What hurts me most is dealing with people who lack aesthetic sensitivity, people who don t perceive quality, people who are merely quantitative There wasn t a single neighbor who bowed before the superior beauty of my leopard their understanding had been blinded by the greater size of the jaguar At once, all the neighbors, spurred on by the boastful air of the jaguar s owner, gave themselves over to renewing their animals I had to recognize that my humble leopard no longer provided me with my former status In the face of stealthy telephone conversations my wife was having with some anonymous gentleman, I saw that my only alternative was ironclad With no remorse whatsoever, I sold the furniture, the refrigerator, the washing machine and the floor waxer I even sold the television In short, I sold everything that could be sold, and I bought an enormous anaconda boa constrictor A poor man s life is hard for only three days was I the hero of the building My anaconda boa broke every dike, it destroyed every sense of moderation, it brought down the most respected conventions In all the apartments there now multiplied lions, tigers, gorillas, crocodiles Some even had black panthers, those panthers they don t even have in the municipal zoo The whole building resounded with roaring, howling and chattering We spent the nights awake it was impossible to sleep The intermingled odors of felines, quadrumanes, reptiles and ruminants turned the atmosphere unbreathable Huge trucks brought tons of meat, fish and vegetables Life in the building on Paraguay street became a little dangerous After a very long time, I had a disturbing experience when I once again shared the elevator with the languid, young neighbor woman on the third floor, who was now taking her Bengal tiger out for a walk around the block to go pee pee I recalled her lizard that stuck its tiny head out through an opening in the zipper I felt moved to tenderness How far behind we had left those first, difficult and quixotic days of scorpions and crabs Finally there came a moment when nobody could be trusted The doorman, under the tense surveillance of several of the apartment owners, washed his two horned rhinoceros with soap and water out on the sidewalk, and then as if nothing had happened he herded it into his apartment This wasthan the man in 5 A was accustomed to putting up with a few hours later he triumphantly ascended the stairs, leading his hippopotamus by its bridle The building is now flooded and semi destroyed I am composing this report on the roof, in unfavorable conditions Every so often, I m startled by the plaintive trumpeting of the elephant that lives with the people in 7 A I m writing with my watch in view, since, at eight minute intervals, I must take shelter amidst the ruins of the stairway so that the jet stream of vapor ejected by the blue whale in 7 C does not ruin these pages And I write with a certain uneasiness, being, as I am, under the imploring gaze of the giraffe in 7 D, which, by sticking its head up over the wall, never ceases, for even one second, begging crackers from me

  2. says:

    Short and effective but not very impressive, IMO Used to expecting from Sorrento.http www.eastoftheweb.com short sto Short and effective but not very impressive, IMO Used to expecting from Sorrento.http www.eastoftheweb.com short sto

  3. says:

    Only a few authors possess the ability to give a huge lesson about negative competition and how it ends up Hats off to this one

  4. says:

    Luckily animal control stops this sort of thing from happening still I see that my neighbours have just bought a new tiger off to the pet shop I go, how much are hippos these days This is the best Sorrentino story I ve read so far Entertaining madness.

  5. says:

    This is my kind of short story brief, amusing, witty, doesn t pretend to be a novel Also reads very much like it is from the 70s early 80s reminds me of the stories of Michael Ende, which is a huge compliment.Now off to buy myself a piglet squid, harlequin shrimp and dumbo octopus I ll show them This is my kind of short story brief, amusing, witty, doesn t pretend to be a novel Also reads very much like it is from the 70s early 80s reminds me of the stories of Michael Ende, which is a huge compliment.Now off to buy myself a piglet squid, harlequin shrimp and dumbo octopus I ll show them

  6. says:

    Utter Brilliance in only a few pages he works wonders

  7. says:

    What fun This is a grown up, what if, Give a Mouse a Cookie story that well illustrates modern day one upsmanship Quick read Find the text in its entirety here What fun This is a grown up, what if, Give a Mouse a Cookie story that well illustrates modern day one upsmanship Quick read Find the text in its entirety here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *