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Clive posts on 5/6/2005 3:16:15 PM Hello. Any help locating this passage will be greatly welcomed. I need to reference it for an artist statement I am writing for an upcoming show. What I recall, from reading Sartre's Trilogy forty years ago, was a passage where one of the protagonists is in cafe and hears the strains of some jazz playing on a gramophone from a nearby apartment. The moment seems perfect and the music perfect too. As I recall it may also be a time before the War (WW II) really begins. The protagonist wonders about holding the moment, freezing the gramophone -- yet it's absurd-- for if it were to be frozen then the music would end. The music (and life) only happens because it is in flux. I know that this is a little vague but I hope that perhaps it will jog the memory of someone who is well versed with the novels. Thank you very much.


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