Friday, September 21, 2007

lost in translation

Remember--
Walking through Shinjuku with some random date, talking about the weather and making plans.
Being far, far away, not here, not there.

And hearing over a sendensha's loudspeaker, in broken Japanese, someone screaming hello.

"My name is Alberto Fujimori. Thank you for your hospitality."

Feeling weak to the knees, not knowing what to do or say, feeling flustered.

Wanting to scream to the world: This man is a murderer, do not believe what he says. He does not deserve your hospitality nor understanding.

Feeling powerless, embarrassed by this sheer abuse, sensing my racing pulse and a stream of tears coming up.

Turning around, clearing my throat and saying "I'm sorry, I think I need a drink."

7 comments:

betty said...

unbelievable. what is he doing now?

venus infers said...

being extradited to peru from chile.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7008302.stm

Anonymous said...

venus, slap your alleged girlfriend around! how can she not know THE Fuji news????
and to think your miz universe almost married him.....today we will be at sheridan circle for the ceremony remembering Letelier- 31 years....like Mafalda says about her turtle Democracia, slow, but shearrives finally....
your suegrita

Montserrat Nicolás said...

hmmm. venus, sorry to say but the whole thing reeks of good old barter...fuji for luksic...

best,

m

ps. "suegrita", ehem, FUJI and Bolocco??!!!????

really??????

venus infers said...

curvas, ojalá que no sea eso... aunque me parece que sí.

but at least in the abstract realm of international law, there was something to be gained with his extradition-- i haven't actually read the actual judgment, but it would be worthwhile analyzing the type of precedent set by the process. apparently there is a similar situation with the former president of chad, hissene habre, who is exiled in senegal, and who is wanted for human rights abuse. the african union is supposed to turn in a verdict on this case some day....

venus infers said...

but then again, who cares about international humanitarian law...

Montserrat Nicolás said...

but then again, pinochet...