This week my reading takes me to Brazil via Africa. Last week's story, José Eduardo Agualusa's "If Nothing Else Helps, Read Clarice" (from Angola) was apparently named for Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, whom I was also not familiar with, and so here I am.
"The Hen," is about a hen. No surprise there. That the hen would be the protagonist, I didn't see coming. The hen in question is about to be eaten.
Perhaps it is the animal that gives it a fable like feel, but a moral at the end is hard to decipher. Using it as a parable or metaphor for human behaviour/fate is a little more doable, but I wouldn't want to influence your interpretation with my own. It's a quick read and stands alone without trying to read anything else into it, so I suggest giving it a go.
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