Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium and now lives in New York. 'Lingua Franca', published in Granta 59: France: The Outsider, was taken from The Factory of Facts, published by Granta in 1998.
‘About forty per cent of Americans describe themselves as 'born again', a designation that covers a great many separate creeds, even, these days, a certain strain of Roman Catholicism.‘
‘I was fated to work in a factory.’
‘In order to write of my childhood I have to translate. It is as if I were writing about someone else. As a boy, I lived in French; now, I live in English.’
‘There is a Europe of life and a Europe of death, on the mass graves of which we perpetuate a dream.’ Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale.
‘There is nothing where the Towers should be but smoke. There are no buildings.’
‘Sotero Llamas was proud of the price on his head.’
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