Cape Calypso

  • Oscar HemerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)


Zes a loner, has always been, will always be. It is as if ze’s back to normal, after all these years of partnership, so precious to hir and yet something ze might leave behind, as everything else … It’s a horrible thought, so horrible that ze whisks it away, but it stays nonetheless (like an evil omen). When J. comes to visit, ze has an inexplicable pain in the jaws, like toothache but not located to a particular tooth; it’s like a paralysis, as ze imagines the effects of a stroke or a brain tumour (the dark thoughts rise easily from hir inner void) … Ze wants so much to please him, to make him feel comfortable, to have him enjoy hir solitary company, the twosomeness, without family or friends, their being lonely together; he’s a loner, too, and that’s why ze loves him, the reason why they put up with each other … But he takes hir down, unintentionally, with his obsessive remarks on hir tics, on hir obvious restlessness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and Communication, K3Malmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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