Mathias Enard; Newcastle station

Newcastle station on the way to Scotland, a few hours ago. I look out of the open train door at the rainy platform as they split up the two trains that have brought us from York.

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We change direction, like you do at Luxembourg city station. I’m starting Zone by Mathias Enard, a book which starts on board a train:

everything flees everything is more difficult these days along rail lines I’d like to let myself be led simply from one place to another as is logical for a passenger like a blind man led by the arm when he crosses a dangerous street but I’m just going from Paris to Rome, and to the main train station in Milan, to that Temple of Akhenaton for locomotives where a few traces of snow remain despite the rain I turn round and round, I look at the immense Egyptian columns supporting the ceiling, I have a little drink out of boredom, at a café overlooking the tracks the way others overlook the sea, it doesn’t do me any good it wasn’t the time for libations

I’m not sure yet what I think about the book. It seems to have something to do with Ulysses, which I finished eventually on the third attempt – but to be more abordable.

As I type out the quote, the elderly couple across the aisle change seats so she can keep travelling forward.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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