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pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the
book thief’s kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that
he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them. PART SIX
the dream carrier
death’s diary—the snowman—thirteen
presents—the next book—the nightmare of
a jewish corpse—a newspaper sky—a visitor—
a schmunzeler—and a final kiss on poisoned cheeks DEATH’S DIARY: 1942
It was a year for the ages, like 79, like 1346, to name just a few. Forget the scythe, Goddamn it, I needed a
broom or a mop. And I needed a vacation.
A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH
I do not carry a sickle or scythe.
I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold.
And I don’t have those skull-like
facial features you seem to enjoy
pinning on me from a distance. You
want to know what I truly look like?
I’ll help you out. Find yourself
a mirror while I continue.
I actually feel quite self-indulgent at the moment, telling you all about me, me, me. My travels, what I saw in
’42. On the other hand, you’re a human—you should understand self-obsession. The point is, there’s a reason
for me explaining what I saw in that time. Much of it would have repercussions for Liesel Meminger. It brought
the war closer to Himmel Street, and it dragged me along for the ride.
There were certainly some rounds to be made that year, from Poland to Russia to Africa and back again. You
might argue that I make the rounds no matter what year it is, but sometimes the human race likes to crank things
up a little. They increase the production of bodies and their escaping souls. A few bombs usually do the trick.
Or some gas chambers, or the chitchat of faraway guns. If none of that finishes proceedings, it at least strips
people of their living arrangements, and I witness the homeless everywhere. They often come after me as I
wander through the streets of molested c...
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