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Drakulic quoted by Der Speigel

Ullrich Fichtner, writing in Speigel online on the horrible event of fire in Notre Dame in Paris, quotes and old essay by Slavenka Drakulic:

The collapse of the Stari Most, Drakulic wrote, made her aware of her own mortality in a way that the dead woman did not. “We expect people to die. We count on our own lives to end. The destruction of a monument to civilization is something else. The bridge, in all its beauty and grace, was built to outlive us; it was an attempt to grasp eternity. Because it was the product of both individual creativity and collective experience, it transcended our individual destiny. A dead woman is one of us — but the bridge is all of us, forever.”

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)
(AP Photo/Thierry Mallet)

The whole article was originally published in Der Spiegel on April 17th in a paper copy. It can be read here or on this link 

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