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Mandrake

I was White and had fianchettoed my bishop. Berta was mounting a strong center pawn position. "This is the office of Paulo Mendes," my voice said on the answering machine, giving whoever had called thirty seconds to leave a message. The guy said his name was Cavalcante-Meier, as if there were a hyphen between the two names, and that they were trying to frame him for a crime but–click–his time ran out before he could say what he planned to do. "Every time we're in a...

The House Loses

Terrales was founded by improvident people, who found themselves without fuel in the mountains, and had no wish to return on foot to the desert suns. The sole meeting place (though it would be more precise to call it a "passing point") was a ramshackle hut where the drivers would gather and play poker. For some reason that no one recalled, they also came to ascribe the name "Terrales" to the three of aces. Those hands of cards always seemed to bring bad luck. Radio held up his three...

from Framed

Thirty-five paintings, practically all the same: indescribable black scribblings on a black background. Obsessive, sick. The day they arrived at the gallery I unpacked them one by one, going faster and faster, wanting to see the surprise and the splash of color. At first glance everyone thought they were sinister. Even Jacques, my colleague. He's the master picturehanger; I'm just his apprentice. "We're pushed for time, kid. Doors open in twenty-five minutes!" The...

from The Girl Who Played Go

45 Min loathes games, he thinks they're a waste of time, but this afternoon, after prolonged pleading, I have managed to make him change his mind. He agrees to play cards on condition that we stay in bed and my stomach serves as the table. For him, every pleasure in life is ultimately related to erotic gratification. He is quite incapable of working out his opponent's strategy and loses gloriously, rushing to throw his cards down between my breasts. I find his laziness and his...
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