–Marcelo Pereira Rodrigues
In 1984, in an inside metropolis of Minas Gerais, there lived a poor 10 year-child who performed soccer, he used to review and skim classics of kids’s literature as “The ugly little duck” and “The lead’s soldier”. His favourite place to look at tv was on the bakery of the town, the place the place he cried for Brazil´s World Cup loss in Mexico in opposition to France. To flee from his depressing life, he determined to dream; he borrowed a Geography e-book from the college’s library. He fell for the far locations, international locations and continents that he watched in it. Filled with curiosity, he began studying and studying in regards to the capitals of some international locations: Brasilia is Brazil’s Capital; Buenos Aires is Argentina’s; Montevideo is Uruguay’s; Asuncion is Paraguay’s; Santiago de Chile is Chile’s; Lima is Peru’s; Bogota is Colombia’s, Quito is Ecuador’s; Caracas is Venezuela’s and La Paz is Bolivia’s.
Studying ten international locations from South America was one thing straightforward, apparently. The kid began touring in his creativeness, he went to some European international locations, and he educated the reminiscence and had himself as a bit of pleasant dreamer spectator. He mentioned: Italy’s Capital, Roma; Spain’s, Madrid; Portugal’s, Lisbon; France’s, Paris; East Germany’s, Bonn; West Germany’s, Berlin; Switzerland’s, Bern; Austria’s, Vienna; Luxembourg’s, Luxembourg; The Vatican’s, The Vatican; Soviet Union’s, Moscows; Hungary’s, Budapests; Romania’s, Bucharests; Yugoslavia’s, Belgrades; Czechoslovakia’s, Prague; Poland’s, Warsaw; Turkey’s, Ankara; Greece’s, Athens; Bulgaria’s, Sofias; Holland’s, The Hagues; Belgium’s, Brussels; England’s London; Scotland’s, Glasgow; Northern Eire’s, Belfast; Southern Eire’s, Dublin; Andorra’s, La Vieja; Norway’s, Oslo; Denmark’s, Copenhagen; Sweden’s Stockholm; Finland’s, Helsinki; Iceland’s, Reykjavik and a few others.
He additionally knew the Capitals of all of the African international locations, in addition to the international locations in Oceania, Asia, North America and South America. The poor youngster did know the whole lot. His little good friend, who was as curious as him, tried to mess up the order of the international locations however he all the time answered rapidly: Algeria’s Capital is Algiers; Japan’s Capital is Tokyo; Tunis’s, Tunisia; Australia’s, Canberra; Egypt’s, Cairo; Syria’s, Damascus; Iraq’s, Baghdad; Canada’s, Ottawa…
In 2018, the poor youngster turned a author. He was in Bratislava, Slovakia´s Capital; he was on a tour of his unbelievable e-book, which was a novel. He arrived from Vienna and after leaving Bratislava, he would go to Prague. On his approach to the lodge, contained in the taxi, he travelled again in time, he was pondering that issues crumble generally, for instance, after the autumn of The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), many international locations requested for his or her independence. Latvia, Estonia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Moldova, Lithuania and the current union of Germany after the falling of the Wall of Berlin weren’t an exception.
When he arrived to the lodge, he began writing his regular notes on his diary, the one through which he wrote notes about his visits to the international locations: “the site visitors in Rome is a large number”; “Portuguese individuals use an excessive amount of oil when cooking fry potatoes “; “It has been a present with the ability to see the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling work”; “I’m trying ahead to go to the Kafka Museum (Who would think about that my autograph session would happen subsequent to Kafka’s home, the creator of “The method”?)”; “The wall’s marks are scars in Berlin”; “How thrilling it was to see The Mona Lisa’s portray within the Louvre Museum” … A name interrupted him, it was his literary agent, the one who has taken care of his profession. She mentioned she would ship the accomplice who could be with him within the lodge and he or she was confirming that she was coming to the launch too.
Very long time after, the author got here again to America. He first attended some conferences in New York and Guadalajara, then, he travelled to Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile. Again to Brazil, he took a taxi on the airport, he received house, organized the baggage, took a bathe and felt asleep on his mattress through which he had not slept for a very long time.
The next day, after ingesting a cup of espresso, he stood up from his seating and walked straight to his childhood’s room. On the wall, in entrance of a country desk, he noticed the world map correctly framed. He fortunately took out some magnets from his pocket, he put them on every of the international locations he simply visited, and left just some empty areas in Europe. Interested by his childhood, he travelled again in 1984 and requested himself: Humorous, which is Moldova’s Capital?”
-Marcelo Pereira Rodrigues is a Brazilian author. Co-author-Joselyn Méndez Villegas and Translator: Guillermo Márquez (in reminiscence)