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nachtluft / night air Cosimo is the main character in the novel The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino.

patience In German ‘Patience’ refers to the card game. The last three lines are from ‘Sieben fantasmagorische grueguerías’ (‘Seven phantasmorgorical grueguerias’) by H. C. Artmann.

bahamut ‘Bahamut’ is a huge fish in Arabian mythology, cf ‘behemoth’. See Arabian Nights, Night 496; and Borges, Book of Imaginary Beings.

zunge. sänfte. / tongue. sedan.  The English lines in the German original are from Michael Hulse’s poem ‘Eating Strawberries in the Necropolis’.

alba ‘Alba’ – meaning ‘dawn’ in Italian – is a word used by Paul Celan in the poem ‘Es ist alles anders’ (‘Everything is different’).

the garden of e The epigraph is a haiku by Matsuo Bashō, translated by Lucien Stryk. ‘Basilius’ refers to Basilius Besler, who compiled the florilegium Hortus Eystettensis (The Garden of Eichstätt) of 1613.


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