To je moje telo
Že petnajst let se ukvarjam z mrliči. Ki jih seciram, vagam, obračam, da bi odkril njihovo skrivnost. Videl sem telesa starcev, prekritih s skorjo umazanije, nabrane v letih zanemarjenosti. Z dolgimi in trdimi nohti, kot da so iz kamna, kot šape, s katerimi se ne morejo več braniti. Videl sem telesa, v kadeh usmrčena z električnim tokom. Telesa, s sapnikom, razžrtim od kisline ali zvitim od vozla vrvi. Telesa, tako razjedena od morske vode in rakov, da jih včasih identificiraš le po zobeh. Videl sem telesa otrok, posiljenih z rafinirano perverznostjo. Telesa, preluknjana od krogel, razkosana od nožev, razpraskana, vlečena po tleh, pretepena. Videl sem telesa, mnogo teles. In vsa so terjala pravico.
To je bilo le še eno telo.
Ni kaj dodati.
Filipa Melo was born in 1972 in Silva Porto (today Cuito) in Angola. She studied communication studies at the New University of Lisbon. Her professional career as a translator and puppet show actor began with the TV show Sesame Street. She became a reporter in 1992; in 1994 she became a regular co-worker at the Ler magazine and worked also as an editor of the Mil Folhas supplement of the Público. She wrote for various Portuguese newspapers and magazines (O Independente, Grande Reportagem, Expresso, Sol) and cooperated with television networks of SIC in RTP. She is a member of Visão magazine editorial board. For the pieces she published in the Ler (1995) she was awarded with the national cultural Sampaio Bruno Award (1996), by the Porto Journalists’ Society.
From the accompanying text
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