East Fairy Tales By Salman Rushdie

How It Starts

When Dunya first saw Jeronimo Manesesa, he floated, lying on his side, in his bedroom, in almost total darkness, with a mask to sleep on the face, in that deep slumber caused by the exhaustion that replaced him at the time a dream; single lamp remains switched on the bedside table, it is illuminated from below, casting eerie, like from a horror movie, shadows on a long thin face. On both sides of his body hung quilt, why Geronimo was like a magician’s assistant – first Dodger run it in the cylinder levitate, then sawed in half.