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The Ugly Spirit

The Ugly Spirit by Russell Barr
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Berlin. 1973.

A soprano lies dead on a blanket.

The human mind will not function when it is hot. Only when it is cool and dispassionate.

If you are not careful you will no longer be human. If you are not careful you will become animals covered in sand. You are our descendants. You are very special.

Some of you are to be precisely registered and preserved. You will become our most important historical monument.

’Bessie and Jessie have been stuck in a bombed ballroom. They are also stuck together. There appears to be no escape. Bessie is happy to be stuck. Surely it is better than being alone? Jessie often went blue as a child.

Jessie clutches the last unopened Christmas present.

They are instructed by a voice, The Special Detachment, who only eats strawberries, and keeps the world in order.

Bessie and Jessie have a model train set. The train is driven by a live rodent. The train has been moving for too many years.

The train is about to fall off its tracks.

OBERON BOOKS Ltd; May 2012
64 pages; ISBN 9781849435369
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Title: The Ugly Spirit
Author: Russell Barr
 
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9781849435369