By Demetrio Aguilera-Malta (auth.)
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From one tree to another. From one mountain to another. Suddenly, he discovered a banana. The miracle of the banana. The banana miracle. The fever of the banana. Banana fever. Feverish bananas. And longer jumps ever closer to men. From one camp to another. From one city to another. From one shore of the ocean to another ... Then one fine day, waking up in Babelandia. And another fine day 34 Babelandia T h r e e having the Babelandians in the palm of one' s hand. And now if he were to jump back?
The Assistant scratched his head. -Ah, 1 forgot ... Nobody wants to do guard duty anymore. -·Why? -They say there are souls in torment there. Pithecanthropus broke out laughing. The other didn't join in. 43 Aguilera-Malta F o u r -That' s the story that 1 heard, my General. They hear steps at night. Shrieks. Running. And sometimes the typewriters and printing presses begin to sound. As if they were working. -That' s a11 we need! A terrorized army! Believing those sounds are from the hereafter! Don't you understand?
They were World War II carcasses. That's what the rich countries seH us ~ He raised his arms. His skeleton swayed between its metacarpals. -No, no, no! Worse than that. -I' m on pins and needles. -WeH, they've kidnapped ... General Pithecanthropus. -1 don' t believe it. He handed him the message. -Read for yourself. Warhorse obeyed. -It's a joke. -1 doubt it. 30 Babelandia The Secretary of Defense thought for a moment. -Just a while ago we were together at the Embassay of Great Entanglements. Nothing seemed to indicate ...