“El hombre que pensaba en diagonal” (“A man with diagonal thoughts”), fragment.
“On a Thursday, when Eugenio was about to brush his teeth like on every other morning, the water spilled out from his mouth, through the right angle of his lips. With the kind of serenity so often displayed by great humorists, he looked into the mirror, trying to wink, to cheer himself up. The left eye winked as always, but the other did not…”
“…Matilde sighed with relief. After a short time, Eugenio’s face had become straight again. Doctor Piñeiro, who had been taken down from the tree, prescribed him an ointment. The incident seemed forgotten, were it not for the fact that Eugenio was still thinking diagonally. To feel more comfortable, he shortend one leg of his favourite armchair, and began to enjoy the contemplation of slopes and inclinations. He never walked upright again. Not at all for being unable to do so. Much rather as a matter of principle.”
“Caras prestadas” (“Borrowed Faces”), fragment.
“…Faces travel back and forth, throughout the Universe”, he mumbled with excitement, “in search of bodies who might accept to use them, if only for the flash of an instant…”
“…A face could be landing on someone, and stay there without that person even noticing it,” said Joaquín. “Sometimes we are surely walking around with the faces of people we do not even know. And it is quite possible for other beings, in other dimensions, to be experiencing the same thing with our features.”
“Sobre nalgas y otras redondeces” (“On buttocks and other roundnesses”), fragment.
While vacationing with his wife Euridice, Santiago enjoys looking at female buttocks on the beach. For lack of any other occupation he decides to embark on a systematic research program of behinds. By doing so, he jumps to interesting conclusions, and becomes involved in the most surprising situations.
“…On the beach front promenade he confided to her, for the first time, that he was seriously contemplating to publish several volumes about bottoms, or at least an anthology, with the most expert comments and statements on the matter. It would be the beginning of a long series of actions he would take to encourage the study of this new science. After some time he would try to establish a university chair, and not much later he would promote the creation of a National Rear Measuring Institute, a most essential element for the systematic analysis of different specimens, their forms and textures, as important a tool as carthography is a must for geography scholars.
“You always think big”, exclaimed Euridice, not without a dash of pride in her voice, for being married to such a privileged brain. But somehow Santiago got the impression that she was taking him for a ride, and this hurt him deeply…”