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a prayer
which slips into life without interrupting it.

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Brooding at the end of the world on my island of Sal
in the company of my prancing dogs

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I remember that month of January in Tokyo, or rather
I remember the images I filmed of the month of January in Tokyo.

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They have substituted themselves for my memory.
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They are my memory.
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I wonder how people remember things
who don't film, don't photograph, don't tape.

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How has mankind managed to remember?
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I know: it wrote the Bible.
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The new Bible will be an eternal magnetic tape of a time
that will have to reread itself constantly just to know it existed.

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As we await the year four thousand and one and its total recall,
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that's what the oracles we take out of their long hexagonal boxes
at new year may offer us:

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a little more power over that memory
that runs from camp to camp¬ólike Joan of Arc.

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That a short wave announcement from Hong Kong radio
picked up on a Cape Verde island projects to Tokyo,

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and that the memory of a precise color in the street bounces
back on another country, another distance, another music, endlessly.

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At the end of memory's path,
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the ideograms of the Island of France are no less enigmatic
than the kanji of Tokyo in the miraculous light of the new year.

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It's Indian winter, as if the air were the first element
to emerge purified from the countless ceremonies


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