Hakim Walks in the Desert

"At the end of the moon of Sha'ban, in the year 158, the desert air was very clear, and from the gate of a caravan halting place on the way to Merv a group of men sat gazing at the evening sky in search of the moon of Ramadan, which marks the period of continence and fasting. . . From the other end of the shimmering desert (whose sun engenders fever, just as its moon engenders chills) they saw three approaching figures, which seemed to be of gigantic size. . ." A Universal History of Infamy, "The Masked Dyer of Merv", Jorge Luis Borges.

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