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Q: is “I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.” a real Franz Kafka quote

King-InkIt is attributed to him on various famous quote sites but strikes me as spurious. the only source attribution is to Letters to Milena but I haven't read it in years and don't have a copy.

 
 
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7:22 AM
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Q: “…her wrinkled fingers quick at…“ is there a lost "are" between fingers and quick?

William8964 She poured again a measureful and a tilly. Old and secret she had entered from a morning world, maybe a messenger. She praised the goodness of the milk, pouring it out. Crouching by a patient cow at daybreak in the lush field, a witch on her toadstool, her wrinkled fingers quick at the squirting...

 
 
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11:24 AM
@GarethRees Ah good find. I wasn't able to find it on Gutenberg for some reason, so I went for the best option I had.
 
 
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10:57 PM
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Q: Why did Misha give Viktor and Sonya New Year's gifts?

EJoshuaS - Stand with UkraineIn Death and the Penguin, Misha non-Penguin left New Year's Presents (from "Grandfather Frost") under their tree. I'm slightly confused by this; was Christmas not celebrated at this point? If not, was this a carryover from the Soviet era? (The book is definitely set in post-Soviet Ukraine).

 
11:22 PM
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Q: Were mines common in Ukraine?

EJoshuaS - Stand with UkraineIn Death and the Penguin, Viktor and Sergey hear an explosion and go to investigate: "What's up, Vanya?" Sergey enquired. "The old story," said the caretaker... "Local man. Out stealing. Trod on a mine." No one there seemed especially surprised or alarmed by this. The caretaker even referred to...

 

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