Kazuo Ishiguro • Never let me go

"I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever".

Natsuo Kirino • IN

"My sister and I bathed in the sea with a white linen bag hanging from the belt of the costume. That bag was the work of our mother, and contained a handful of legumes. After we had been in the water for most of the day, those legumes soaked in sea water had become tender and salty just right, ready to eat".

Umberto Eco • The name of the rose

"A monk should certainly love his books with humility, wanting their good and not the glory of his own curiosity: but what for the nonreligious is the temptation of adultery, and for regular clergymen is the craving for wealth, for monks is the seduction of knowledge".