Vincenz Serrano



to be revealed—wall, arch, artillery, souvenir. If wines come from Italy, the bedposts come from America, the chef comes from Switzerland, the architecture is California mission style, then what is so Manila about Manila Hotel. The Japanese fired artillery at parts of the hotel, thinking the general would be in this room, perhaps that. One side faces the sunset, the other side, people at leisure, walking along the promenade. It doesn’t follow that the sleep caused by exhaustion results in happy dreams. The opposite of a wall is money. There are photographs depicting the arrival of film stars, presidents, prime ministers, musicians, but none showing their departures; there are photographs


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