Having hung around a lot with doctors, Gert was very amused by this scene in Georges Perec’s A Void:
At 8 a.m an important consultant starts doing his rounds, with a cohort of aspiring young doctors accompanying him, drinking in his words of wisdom, dutifully chuckling at his bons mots. This lofty individual would accost a visibly dying man and, airily tapping him on his arm, solicit from him a lugubrious smirk; would comfort anybody incurably ill with an amusing or consoling word; would charm a sick child with a lollipop and his fond mama with a toothy grin; and, confronting a handful of almost moribund invalids, would propound an instant diagnosis: malaria, Parkinson’s, bronchitis, a malignant tumour, a postnatal coma, syphilis, convulsions, palpitations and a torticollis. (10)
Georges Perec, tr. Gilbert Adair, A Void (Vintage 2008)
Yes, this is the book written without using the letter e. Gilbert Adair has been fiendishly clever in doing the same for the English translation.
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