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By Primo Levi

Primo Levi was once probably the most remarkable voices to emerge from the 20th century. This landmark choice of his brief tales opens up an international of ask yourself, love, cruelty and curious twists of destiny, the place not anything is because it turns out. In 'The Fugitive' an place of work employee composes the main appealing poem ever with unexpected results, whereas 'Magic Paint' sees a bunch of researchers advance a paint that mysteriously protects them from misfortune. 'Gladiators' and 'The Knall' are chilling explorations of mass violence, and in 'The Tranquil Star' an easy tale of stargazing turns into a meditation on language, mind's eye and infinity.

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To think that those were the last kids who’d ever get to play there. One day I was offered a big bonus to stay on late. The store manager introduced me to Mr. Gainsburg from head office. It turned out she didn’t just mean the UK operation, but the corporate parent. Mr. Gainsburg wanted to work late in the store that night, and he needed someone to look after him. He didn’t reappear until well past eleven, just as I was beginning to assume that he’d given in to jet lag and I was in for an easy night.

The crèche, the childcare. Okay, tick. But the results here have been badly off-kilter recently. All the stores have shown a dip, of course, but this one, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, it’s not just revenues are down, but traffic has sunk in a way that’s completely out of line. Usually, traffic is actually surpris- THE BALL ROOM ⎜ 51 ingly resilient in a downturn. People buy less, but they keep coming. Sometimes, John, we even see numbers go up. “But here? Visits are down overall. Proportionally, traffic from couples with children is down even more.

When I did my walks I felt like they were all around me. I felt like I had to be ready to leap in and save them any moment. Everywhere I looked, I saw children. And they were as happy as ever, running through the fake rooms and jumping on the bunkbeds, sitting at the desks that had been laid out ready. But now the way they ran around made me wince, and all our furniture, which 42 ⎜ CHINA MIÉVILLE meets or exceeds the most rigorous international standards for safety, looked like it was lying in wait to injure them.

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