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Ballata di El Álamo

At the same time I return my sincerest thanks to Prof. Cattaneo at Stutt- gart and Prof. Milller at Heidelberg for their conscientious and effectual endeavours to render this new edition as accomplished and as correct as possible. Charles Uarquard Sauer. First Part.

On Pronunciation. Letters of the Alphabet On the Article 9 Second Lesson. The Substantive Declension of Substantives. On Prepositions On the Genitive Partitive On terminations modifying the meaning of Substantives 31 Eighth Lesson. On Proper Names The Auxiliary Verb avere, to have. Exercises on avere She Auxiliary Verb essere, to be. Exercises on essere Determinative Adjectives Possessive Adjectives Numerals 57 Sixteenth Lesson. Ordinal Numbers Indefinite Numerals On the Adjective Degrees of Comparison On the Regular Verb Peculiarities of different Verbs.

On Pronouns Demonsti-ative Pronouns Tetcenty- fifth Lesson. Possessive Pronouns. Relative Pronouns Indefinite Pronouns. Twenty-seventh Lesson. On the Passive Voice Neuter Verbs Twentg-eighth Lesson. On Adverbs Thirty-first Lesson. On Conjunctions. Reading Exercise: II sofista convinto.

Thirty-fourth Lesson. On Interjections TJiirty-fiflh Lesson. Thirty-sixth Lesson. The Irregular Verbs continued Tliirty-serenth Lesson. Reading Exercise: Le mie prigioni Thirty-eighth Lesson. Vowels On the Accent First Leseon. On the use of di, a, and da Fifth Lesson. Some particular remarks on the use of Proper Names. On the Pronouns. Reading Exercise: Le mie prigioni Tenth Lesson. Reading Exercise: Le mie prigioni Twelfth Lesson.

Indefinite Pronouns continued. Reading Exercise: Le mie prigioni Tliirteenth Lesson. On Adverbs. Fourteenth Lesson. Fifteenth Lesson. Seventeenth Lesson. Verbs whereof the Complements are dif- ferent in both languages. Nineteenth Lesson. Peculiarities of some Verbs. Reading Exercise: Lettera del Ganganelli. Twentieth Lesson. On Moods. Twenty-first Lesson. On the Consecution of Tenses. On the Infinitive Mood. Reading Exercise: Qiial fa tal riceve Ttcenty-third Lesson. On the Participio passato. On the Participio assoluto.

Reading Exercise: Beniamino Franklin Page. Materials for Conversation H. Proverbs III. Specimens of Italian Poetry 1. Voci deyli animali II marinaio La farfalla e il cdvolo La rondinella, by Tommaso Grossi. From Petraca's Canzone to the Holy Virgin. Third Canto of Dante's Ltferm. Sauer, Itaban Grammar, oth edit. On Pronuuciation. Letters of the alphabet. The Italian alphabet consists of 22 letters, which are exhibited as follows: Character. M, m, emme. B, b, be. N, n, enne. C, c, tshe. D, d, E, e, F, f, de.

P, P, Q, q, R, r, pe. G, g, dshe. S, s, esse. H, h, akkah. T, t, te. I, i, e. U, u, V, V, Z, z, voo. K, X, r, W do not occur in Italian. On the use of the Apostrophe and the Accent. It is met with in Italian on the last vowels of some words only, and is used to mark either a contraction as: citta formerly cittate , or a ter- mmation of the verb which must be sharply pronounced, as: avrd, amb, cessb. We put it on every word, in order to show the pu- pil, on which syllable the stress is laid. From the tirelfth Lesson fonvard we shall only make use of the accent with such words that otter a deviation from the general rule, or where the pronunciation might perliaps appear dubious.

In the Reading Exercises, on the contrary, we shall nerer employ the accent, in order to accustom the pupil early to read Italian without the assistance of this guide. On the pronunciation of the vowels. A, a sounds like a in the Englisli 'svords are, father, last, but never like a in natne or ball.

Examples: dma, cdra, fara etc. E, e has two different sounds, a broad one, almost like the a in the English words hate, name the French fe , as: pessimo very bad , mensa table , and an acute one like ey in they, grey the French 6 , as: cena supper , pera pear , sete thirst. The e at the end of a word is never mute; its sound, however, is less open and much shorter than at the beginning or in the middle of a word. Ij 1 sounds like the English i in milk, sister, children, field, but never like the i in child, fire, idle.

Ex- amples: inni, ivi, hrindisi toast. At the end of a motwsyUahle its sound is sJiort and shar2 as: m, ti, si, vi. U, u sounds like oo in boots, but never like the English u in union. This vowel is sometimes sJwrt as in tu thou , and sometimes long as in cura care. Further observations on pronunciation are given in the second Part of this grammar. On the Diphthongs. Real Diphthongs, as we have them in English, French and German, do not exist in Italian, where every vowel must he distinctly pronounced. For instance: mi 'i, pron. E-u-ro-pa; buoi, pr. See: Second Part, On pronunciation. Pronunciation of the consonants.

C, C has a double sound: 1 Before a, o and ii and before consonants it is pronounced like the English k, as: cdrro, corso, ciilto, creta, credere. Whenever c before e and i is to be pronounced like k, an h is put after the c, as: chiesa, pr. For this purpose an almost In- atidible i is put after the c. Examples: cidrlare, pr. D, d, as in English: diiro, dare, della. F, f has the same sound as in English: fare, fiero, felice. G, g has a double sound: 1 before a, o or u and before consonants except I and n it corresponds with the English g in the word God.

Examples: gdllo, gola, grdnde. In Older to harden the soft sound of this letter before e or i, an li is added to it, as in streghe, pron. If before a, o or n the soft sound is required, g must be followed by an almost inaudible i, as in giardino, pr. Hj h is never pronounced. J, j sounds like the English y in the words youth, year, as: jeri, ajutdre. Modern Italian orthography very seldom admits of this consonant, usually putting i in its stead, as: ieri, aiutdre, aiuolc.

L, I, as in English: lieve, Unto, hello. The beginner must not forget, that where conqjonnd consonants occur 11, mm, nn, pp, rr etc. Q, q, which never occurs Avithout u, sounds like the English qi in the word quire, as: qucsto, qncilo, cinque, ncicque etc. B r, as in English, but somewhat shriller. Examples: rdro, rcnderc, rcfe.

S, s, as in English: servo, seta,, seme. Between two vowels its sound is less hissing. Examples: rosa, cosa, rese; except cos so, thus , cdsa house , see and sci sound like shcy and shee. On the pronunciatiou of gn and gl. The sound of gn is not unlike ni before on the French gn in montagne in the words pinion, minion, union, as: nwntdgna, pr.

Exceptions: negllgere to neglect , where it sounds exactly as in English, and its derivations, as: negligenza, neglighite etc. Promiscuous Examples. Reading- Exercise. Lasciate che ciascheduno s'ingegni e travagli a pro- cacciarsi la sussistenza, conciossia ogiuino che ha Feffigie d'uorao porti seco pure Fimpronta degli stessi privilegi che ha qualunque liltro della sua specie; soltiinto gli sfac- cendati ed oziosi, i quali secondo la consnetudine del gio- vani agiati d'oggidi passano i loro giorni nella sciopera- tezza e trascuragcrine, meriterebbero a mio giudizio Tab- bandono ed il disprezzo della societa.

From the novel Nicolo de' Lap! Quella piazzetta per la quale al di d'oggi si passeg- gia ad ogn' ora liberamente, incontrando soltanto o con- tadini tranquiUi, e che vi rispondouo cortesemente in quella loro armonica e corretta lingua, o brigate di cittadini villeggitinti ne' contorni; quelle casucce che presentano oggi giorno 1' immagine della poverta quieta e contenta: quegli iisci, ingombri di bambini di tiitte le misure, di donne che attendono all' utile e pulito lavorio dei cappelli di paglia; tutto, al punto che vi giiinse Fanfiilla, era pieno di genti strane, di disordine, di schiamazzi.

II suolo fangoso, immondo, pesto pel gran passare d' uomini e cavalli: le case piene di soldati, le miira sudice ed atfumi- cate, la chiesuola ridotta una taverna, e la piazza in- gombra di frascati sotto i quali eran vivandieri con pane, grasce, barili di vino ecc, ed avean rizzata quivi la loro bottega con assai buon giudizio, sapendo che la vista della corda e delle forche era un ottimo trattato di mne- monica per quegli avventori che potessero scordarsi di pagare.

Mentre Fanfulhi s' agginiva considerando a cbi gli conveni'sse dirigersi per domandar di Troilo, udi levarsi un bisbiglio tra la gente, s' acoorse d' un agitarsi di per- sone nel lato ov' eran le forche, e vide pui die appoggia- tavi una sciila saliva un uomo ad acconciare il laccio, e prepanir 1' occorrente per far giustizia. Accostatosi per curiosita, vide poco lontano dal patibolo a pie d'un muro la persona che pareva destiniita al supplizio.

Era iina donna, colle mani legate dietro le reni, e, posta ginocchioni a piedi d' un cappuccino, si confessava. Fanfiilla si maravigliava che avessero ad impicciire una fenimina, ma gli crebbe la maraviglia vedendo che di sotto i panni le spuntava fuori il fodero d' una spiida. First Lesson.

Ballad of the Alamo (Italian translation)

On the article. Dell' articolo. The article indicates the gender of the substantives. There are two articles in Italian as in English: the definite art, T articolo defiuitoj and the indefinite art. V ar- ticolo indefinito. The Italians call the s impure, when it is followed by another consonant, as: sh, sc, sd, sf, sg, sm etc. In this case the article is not il but lo. Examples: lo sbdgUo, the mistake; lo sdegno, the anger; lo specchio, the looking-glass. The reason is, that the Italian ear cannot bear a meeting of three consonants il sbdglio. Thus they say: In Isvezia in order to avoid in Svezla , con isdegno, with anger etc.

Also words beginning with z can take the artikle lo, as: lo zio, the uncle. In plural they always take the article gli, as: gli zii, the uncles. The article la is used before every feminine noun beginning with a consonant, as: la cdsa, the house; la stanza, the room; 7a pidnta, the plant.

It deserves to be no- ticed that the Italian Nominative case is not derived from the Lat. Ablativus, but from the Accusativus. The indefinite article Tarticolo indefinito is for masc. Examples: un padre, a father; una mddre, a mother; un lihro, a book; iina penna, a pen; un dngelo, an angel; un aniico, u friend; uno spettro, a spectre; uno scoldre, a scholar; un' dnima, a soul; un' oca, a goose.

In the following list of words the gender is indi- cated by the letters m. We recommend the pupil, when learning these words by heart, to add the defin. Padre, m. In the Plural feminine nouns usually retain their full article, as: le dnime, the souls; le 6che, the geese. But the Apostrophe must be used, when the same vowels meet, e.

The sound of the vowel o is open, if it stands for the Lat. Thus nono from suyn or nunt. Proven9al yardin, jardin, jerziv ; Fr. French jardin; Grin. German bartcii. Jfo 10, have I? Itai tu, hast thou? Tu hai il libro. Hai tu un libro? Egli ha uno specchio. II padre ha il giardino. La madre ha il pane. II fanciullo ha lo specchio. La sorella ha uno specchio. La zia ha un' oca. Mio fratello ha un cane. II re ha lo scettro. II re ha uno scettro. Noi abbia- nio un fiore ed una pera.

Voi avete I'onore. Eglinp hanno un cavallo. Hanno esse un cane? Avete voi un fiore? Ella ha un cappello. II fanciullo ha un fratello ed una zia. Exercise for translation. I haye the book. I have a rose. Thou hast the hat. Hast thou a dog? Hast thou a looking-glass? He has the coat. My father has the bird. Has she a pear? Has he the bread?

We have a hat. Have we the gun? You have the goose. They have a garden. Have they f. The king has a horse. Have they m. They f. The child has a book. The queen has a rose. My aunt has the bird. My brother has the dog. My mother has a pen. Ho io la rosa? Voi avete la rosa. Si, io ho il libro.

Note 1. For the polite mode of addressing a person, see the same lesson, Note 4. Latin verb capere; OFr. Old French chapel; Fr. Si, il tVatello ha nno schioppo. Avete voi Tabito? No, voi avete I'abito. Hanno essi una pera ed una Si, essi hanno una pera ed una ciriegia? Ha egli il pane? Si, egli ha il pane. Ha ella un fiore? Si, ella ha un fiore. Hanno essi una sorella? No, essi hanno una zia. Second Lesson. The substantive. II sostantivo. On the Plural of the nouns substantive. Words ending in a preceded by c or g, take in the Plural an h after these consonants, in order to retain the hard sound.

Words ending in co or go form the Plur. In the first Part we always indicate the Plur. Except those feni. For further observations on irregularities in the formation of the Plural see the second Part of this grammar. The Plural of the article la is le, as: la casa — le case; la miidre — le madri; Tanima — le anime. The Plural of the article lo is gli, as: lo scettro — gli scettri; lo specchio — gli specchi;? II temperino, the penknife. Vnscio, m. Reading Exercise. Noi avevamo un coltello. Voi avevate due coltelli. Mio fratello ha i temperini.

La casa ha due porte. Avevate voi le fnitta? Si, noi avevamo le frutta. II re aveva due ca- stelli. La regina ha i palazzi. Mio zio aveva veduto tre papi. Ecco i quadri e gli specchi, Noi abbiamo veduto quattro sorci. I fanciuUi avevano tre pei'e. I duchi ed i monarthi avevano i paesi. Mia zia aveva una stufa. II duca aveva tre cavalli. Le zie avevano i gatti. Mia madre ha due sorelle.

Ecco il palazzo del ofthej duca. In Gei mania Ger- many vi sono quattro re. I had three brothers. The duke has the sword. The children have the flowers. The men had the gods. We had also'" seen the pictures. Here are the games, the pen- cils, and the coats. Here are also the houses, the castles, and the palaces. Had she the hats? No, she had the coats. The countries have the canals. My father has three sisters. Hadst thou a physician? Yes, I had a physician. I have seen the gardens and the trees. Had they f. No, they had four dogs and three cats.

The wives have the eggs and the fruit. The eye is large. I have two eyes. Here is the house of the poet. There is a God. Stubc; Sp. Avevamo noi un temperino? Aveva io i coltelli? Rai tu veduto nn papa? Cili uoraini hanno veduto gli dei? I fanciuUi avevano i quadri?

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I duchi hanno le spade? Avevano eglino veduto i ca- stelli ed i palazzi? La zia ha le frutta? Avete voi un novo? Mio padre ha i giuochi? Quanti hoiv many fratelli avevi tu? Quanti fanciuUi aveva I'uomo? Avevate voi veduto i poeti? Voi avevate un temperino. Si, tu avevi i coltelli. Si, io bo veduto due papi. No, gli uomini non not hanno veduto gli dei.

I fanciuUi non avevano i quadri. No, i monarchi hanno le spade e gli scettri. Si, eglino avevano veduto i castelli ed i palazzi. No, il fanciullo ha le frutta. Si, egli ha tre giuochi. Io aveva due fratelli e tre sorelle. L'uomo aveva tre fanciuUi. No, non avevamo veduto i poeti. Third Lesson. Decleusion of substantives.

The Italian nouns substantive form the different cases of their numbers by means of prepositions. These pre- positions, however, are not, as in English, simply put before the article, but undergo a contraction with the article into one word. There are five cases in Singular and Plural; the nominative nominativo and accusative accusativo are always alike. See II. It is used to express a derivation, distance or removal, but also a dwelling upon, a characteristic tolcen or fitness for anything.

Also to is rendered by da when it expres- ses going to some one. Like di and a, this preposition is joined with the definite article, and forms the following contractions: Sivgular. It may be observed, however, that di commonly drops its final i and takes an apostrophe in its stead, as: un padre, a father; una madre, a mother. Da, on the contrary, is never apostrophised, and in- stead of a, for the sake of euphony, ad is preferred. The demonstrative adjectives questo m.

Perspicuous exhibition of the declensions. Sauer, Italian Grammar. Vanima, the soul. I qiiesti palazzi, these palaces. Gen, di queste strade, of these streets. In the same manner are declined the above mentioned possessive adjectives mio, my, iiw, thy, suo, his, her etc. II creatore, the creator. Vanimdle, the animal. II padre del fanciullo. La madre dei figli. Le porte delle case. Le finestre dei palazzi.

II gatto e un animale. Io do il ritiatto all' amico. Io do le rose ai cugini ed alle engine. Voi date gli scrigni agli amici ed alle amiche. I nemiei degli uomini. I fogli dei libri e dei quaderni writing-hooks. Le foglie di questi fiori. Le tinestre di questa casa. Io vengo dalla citta. Figli PI. Thus a lady would say: Ho cinque figli, due tuaschi e tre feminine, I have five children, two boys and tree girls. The brother of the cousin m. The sisters of the cousin f. The gates of the town. The houses of the towns. The windows of the houses.

God is the creator of the world. The dog is the enemy of the cat. The dog is the friend of the man. I give the book to the brother. The sleep of the child. Of the death of my del niioj friend m. Here are the clothes dbiti, ni. J of the children. We speak noi jxirlidmo of the trees and of the plants of the earth. I come from the duke's palace. Ho io il libro del cugino? Tu hai il libro del cugino. Hai tu il ritratto della zia?

Si, io ho il ritratto della zia. Ha egli veduto il giardino Si, egli ha veduto il giardino del re? I fanciuUi hanno gli scrigni? Si, i fanciulli hanno gli scrigni. Chi icho aveva la penna del Io aveva la penna del fratello. Di chi sono queste pere? Di chi sono quest i giardiniV Sono del re e della regina. Di chi sono questi libri?

Questi libri sono di vostro padre. Avete voi veduto il cane del- Ecco il cane dell' amico. Di chi sono queste oche? Sono di vostra cugina. Fourth Lesson. Frequently the cases of substantives are governed by prepositions, which appear almost in every sentence, and should therefore be learned early.

Properly speaking the Italian prepositions govern no particular case, i. The sentence Di chi sono le pere? In elegant speech, however, some of them are constructed with the genitive and dative case, whereby a slight variation in the original signification is effected. See P. Lesson The prepositions in in , con with , su on , tra, fra between , and per for are often contracted with the ar- ticle in one word; such is usually the case with in, con, and su, and sometimes with tra, fra, and per, as the pupil may learn from the following table.

La scuola, the school. Vdcqua, the water. The contractions with tra and the article are very rare. Gj — di and ami Lat. Luigi, Lewis. Sono io, am I?

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II gatto h dietro la stufa. Siete voi in cucina? Luigi e da mio padre. I cavalli sono davanti la porta. Dopo la pioggia. Durante la notte. Avanti il giorno. II fanciullo 6 sotto 1' albero. Questa pera h per mia zia. Mia zia e in chiesa. Senza danaro money. Mia cugina sta a Parigi Paris nel la casa di mia zia. Io ho il coltello in mano. Egli aveva le mani in tasca. II libro 6 nella tasca del padre.

In the yard. During the rain, I am before the house of the physician. Lewis is in the garden. The servant is in the room. The masters are at school. Before the night. The birds are on the roof of the church. I speak io pdrlo of the coat Gen. My sister is at home. Where are the cats? They are in the kitchen. The three children of my cousin m. The horses are in the water. The penknife of the boy is on the table. Without my father.

I am eone anddto with my sister. I come with the friend of my brother. Dove e Luigi? Dove e mio tiglio? I fanciulli sono dal maestro? Di che cosa what parli speakest tu? Dove abita tuo cugino? Vostra cugina e in iscnola? Chi b andato in chiesa? E in casa vostro fratello? La serva e in cucina o in giardino? Avevate voi veduto le linitre ducks nel cortile?

Con chi with ichom siete andati? Egli ii nel cortile dello zio. Egli e in giardino. No, essi giuocano play da- vanti la casa. Ilo parlo dei cavalli. Abita dalla zia. Xo, ella e in chiesa. E nel giardino del vicino. Noi avevamo veduto le anitre e lo oche. Noi siamo andati con nostro padre. Fifth Lesson. On the genitive partitive. In English the word sonw or any often precedes a substantive when taken in an indefinite sense, no parti- cular kind, measure or quality being meant, as: some wine, some bread, any ink etc. In Italian this relation is expressed in quite a pe- culiar way.

Thus tlie wine, the beer, the oil means: il vino, la birra, Tolio; but some wine, soms beer, some oil means: del vino, della birra, delV olio. The pupil is advised to compare the following ex- amples: lo vcdo le a nitre, I see the ducks. Egli vende del tobacco, he sells tobacco and other ar- ticles. Egli vende tobacco, he is a tobacco-merchant. In negative sentences the partitive sense is only ex- pressed by the omission of the article. Thus: We have no flowers. Non abbianio fiori not dei f.

You have neither money nor friends. Non avete ne dannro ne amici. La farina, the flour, meal. I'dro, the gold. Vargento, the silver. Volio, the oil. I'aceto, the vinegar. CJic, what? Avro io, shall I have? Span, escarpa and escarpiu; Fr. The origi- nal idea denotes something pointed. Id avi'6 del pane e della farina. Avrete vol anche del sale? Tu avrai del formaggio. Luigi avra della carta e dell' inchiostro. Questo mercante vende olio ed aceto. Luigi avra anche dei libri e delle niatite. Avevano elleno dei fieri?

Nel cortile sono le oche e le anitre. Vi sono oche nel cortile, ma non anitre. Gli stranieri avranno del danaro. Noi avremo della minestra e della came, ma non frutta. Nel giardino vi sono alberi, frutta e fiori. You will have milk and eggs. Here is the bread. Here is some bread. My father had lead and iron. This child had some flowers. My cousin f. There are soup, oil and vinegar.

The merchant had sugar and cofiFee. The queen had gold and silver. I give to the boys books, pencils and pens. They will also have some paper and ink.

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My uncle sells paper, pencils, pens and ink. Lewis has horses and dogs. We have seen horses, but no dogs. Thy sister will have shoes and stockings. I give to thy brother clothes and fliiwers. They were fine. Then I thought that perhaps Tichafa had interrupted burglars, so I went to the kitchen to hear the news and was surprised to find it in darkness, but I could hear hushed voices. I switched the light on and Tichafa leapt on me before I could move away.

Shoving me aside, he plunged us back into darkness. Something is happening. We must move. His urgency was such that even had we entertained the thought that he was joking we were quickly convinced otherwise. He grabbed Cornelius's hand and pulled him through the door. I watched their shadowy figures darting from shrub to tree, Cornelius being relentlessly pulled along, until I couldn't see them anymore. I stood there, throat tight, eyes dry and burning, my fist gripping the neck of my nightgown, not knowing what to think.

In that brief moment of light I had seen a fierce, unwavering look in Tichafa's eyes, that told me without doubt, Tichafa was in another place. A place that had come and gone in our lives, but whose ghosts had returned to claim him. I thought for a moment that I should call the police, but what would I tell them? That my brother believed he was back in the bush, fighting for freedom and had taken my husband hostage in the garden? What would they do? Nothing, I'm sure, just as I did that night, standing at the kitchen door waiting, not feeling the numbness creeping into my legs.

Not feeling the pain spreading through my lower back or the gradual reddening of my eyes as the night ceded to light. Cornelius staggered up to the house, drenched in sweat, fighting for breath. He looked up at me, hand now around my throat, questions in my eyes and shook his head, before bracing his hands on bent knees to catch his breath.

Around the neighbourhood, running and hiding Cornelius, slightly younger than Tichafa, had not seen much fighting as he had spent most of his time working for the railway in the city, moving up and down only when required to carry messages back and forth between the operatives. When the war intensified, he was arrested and held in detention for allegedly collaborating with terrorists.

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They released him a month later when they failed to find evidence against him. He returned to the village and later, married me and we both returned to town.

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Cornelius had his own demons, but they were kinder in giving him accumulated periods of peace. This, I think, is why he recognised Tichafa's ghosts and knew not to fight them. They were not his to challenge. The diagnosis was paranoid schizophrenia, given along with medication to tame it. We could only trick him into taking it for a while, before he began to avoid mealtimes. Cornelius joked that he was becoming fit from the midnight long-distance sessions but I could see that he was tired.

Just as I came to the decision to have Tichafa committed to a psychiatric facility, he was transformed. As suddenly as darkness falls in the winter-time, it disappeared from Tichafa's life and he was lucid again. My children were overjoyed, they loved their uncle but had always been wary of his sudden changes. Peace was a guest in our home for two short weeks, but like every well-mannered visitor who desires recurring welcome, she did not overstay.

It was an afternoon in September, four years ago exactly to this day when Tichafa tied a rope around his neck and tried to hang himself from the jacaranda in our back yard. The rope snapped and he survived. He couldn't eat for days, his throat having been so abused. He was wasting away, his gaunt cheeks hidden behind his wild man's beard.

His eyes were big and red-veined in his weary face. Cornelius chopped the tree down saying that he did not want the ngozi of the Mugadzi clan being visited upon his children. I wished my mother were still alive. She would have known what to do. I tried to talk to him but the things he said were incomprehensible and most times he was talking back to people only he could see. One day, in what I thought was a moment of clarity, he looked right at me and said, 'Handzvadzi, this place is not safe for us.

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Non mi resta altro da fare per continuare a vivere". Non c'era niente che potessi dire. Provavo la stessa cosa ma io non potevo andarmene. L'agire di Tichafa mi incatenava a questa casa.


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  5. Gli aveva lasciato profonde fosse negli occhi e di notte gli faceva tremare il corpo, da non riuscire a dormire. La guerra lo aveva rinchiuso in una prigione dalla quale non poteva scappare. Non riesco a ricordare l'ultima volta che ho dormito tutta la notte. Era il , quando feci quella che ho sempre considerato la mia breve incursione nella guerra. Lasciai la casa a notte fonda per assistere a un punge 2 nei paraggi e per ritornarvi solo quattro mesi dopo in un altro stato. Infiammata dallo zelo rivoluzionario dei compagni, mi offrii volontaria per andare in Mozambico ad addestrarmi.

    Un mese di addestramento, il nostro accampamento fu attaccato da ricognitori nemici. Mi trascinai sotto a dei cespugli e attesi la morte. Trascorse del tempo mentre giacevo sulla terra dura sotto di me, oscillando tra la veglia e l'incoscienza, credendomi fuori pericolo, quando udii battere nel sottobosco. Rumore di passi e respiro pesante. La saliva pungente come metallo in bocca, dovevo tener chiuse le labbra con la mano per paura che il respiro, all'improvviso accelerato e sonoro, mi tradisse.

    Trapassa muscoli e ossa come un laser, lasciandoti tramortito e rassegnato al tuo destino. Ebbi conati di stomaco e vomitai il suo amaro contenuto, quello che ne restava dopo uno o due giorni senza cibo. La voce di Tichafa mi raggiunse da molto, molto lontano. Che ci fai qui? Devi tornare a casa". Che cosa incredibile! Ricordo di aver pensato che si trattava solo di un sogno prima di morire, che delle centinaia di persone che si spostano clandestinamente nel segreto della prateria del Mozambico, mio fratello era l'unica persona che potesse trovarmi.

    Tichafa mi aveva riportato a casa al sicuro da solo. Avevo assaporato la mia porzione di guerra. Quest'urlo ruggente annunciava l'arrivo dei demoni di Tichafa. Arrivarono da noi tramite lui, ma adesso vivono in un recesso buio dentro di me, dove un vento freddo fischia senza ritorno. Nel ci trasferimmo dalla zona sovrappopolata di Mufakose alla periferia di Mabelreign, in una nazione nuova, libera e riconciliata, soddisfatti della nostra nuova casa di tre stanze con spazio sufficiente per il prato, gli alberi e le aiuole nel cortile antistante, e con un orto piuttosto grande sul retro.

    A quell'epoca, mio figlio Alois aveva cinque anni e sua sorella Sekai quasi tre. Una notte, circa un mese dopo che Tichafa si era trasferito da noi, fui svegliata da un picchiettare furtivo alla finestra. Anche Cornelius lo aveva sentito ed era andato a sbirciare con circospezione all'angolo della tenda per vedere chi ci fosse. Cosa poteva essere? Il mio primo pensiero fu che potesse essere accaduto qualcosa ai bambini, ma come poteva saperlo Tichafa?

    Andai a controllare comunque. Stavano bene. Spingendomi da parte, ci immerse nuovamente nel buio. Sta succedendo qualcosa. Dobbiamo muoverci. Aveva una tale urgenza che anche se avessimo accarezzato l'idea che si trattasse di uno scherzo, fummo presto convinti del contrario.

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