From The Book –
“Besides, any true reader – and this story is only addressed to him – will understand me anyway when I look him straight in the eye and try to communicate my meaning. A short sharp look or light clasp of his hand will stir him into awareness, and he will blink in rapture at the brilliance of The Book. For, under the imaginary table that separates me from my readers, don’t we secretly clasp each other’s hands.”
The Book is the opening chapter from Bruno Schulz’s Sanatorium Under the sign of the Hourglass translated by Celina Wieniewska.