Still the vague certitude remained, as my trolley was wheeled down the corridor, a forest-green corridor with stretches of camouflage and bottle green, toward an operating room dilating in time, as History announced its birth with raucous cries and the doctors diagnosed my anemia in whispers, but how are they going to operate for anemia, I wondered. I barely managed to whisper, Am I going to have a baby, doctor? The doctors looked down at me, wearing their green bank-robber’s masks, and said. No, as the trolley accelerated on its way down the corridor that was writhing like a loose vein. I’m not going to have a baby, really? I’m not pregnant? I asked. No, Ma’am, we’re just taking you to attend the birth of History. But what’s the hurry, Doctor? I feel dizzy! And the doctors replied with the patter they use on the dying: The birth of History can’t wait, and if we arrive late you won’t see anything, only ruins and smoke, an empty landscape, and you’ll be alone again forever even if you go out and get drunk with your poet friends every night. Well, let’s get a move on then, I said. The anesthesia was going to my head, overwhelming me as homesickness sometimes does, and I stopped asking questions (for a while).

Amulet, Roberto Bolaño