the razor and the monkey ( heinrich heine )

The Brockhausisches Konversationsblatt (Gazzette of Brockhaus) contains on summer more articles against me than on winter. Forgive me, dear reader, if these lines are inadeguate to such a terrible current times. But my enemies are too much ridiculous ! And naming them “enemies” does them a favour, I am too much polite with them.

 

A monkey saw a man with the razor shaving. The monkey was really interested to this fact and stood there looking. When the man finished the shave went out of the room the monkey entered the room then he opened the drawer searching for the razor. He means to shave his face in order to be human using the tools for shaving. Alas! He soaped his face tried for shave his face but the result was that he cut his own throat. I mean with this pun that using the word is like the use of a razor. It can be very dangerous!

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(text curated by rinaldo rasa from französiche zustände
by heinrich heine 1832)

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Sunday March 12 2017


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