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.’
‘No I’m not tired I said. / No I’m not thirsty I said. / I’m sassy.’
‘I write an obituary that appears in the newspaper that she always used to read while drinking her afternoon tea. I receive €170.03 for the obituary.’ Translated from the German by Kurt Beals.
‘Vicky says I’m crazy. She said worse things too last night. But who could blame her?’
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