Apr 262015
 

in 1959, at the time of the first Sputniks, René Char wrote

L’homme de l’espace dont c’est le jour natal sera un milliard de fois moins lumineux et révélera un milliard de fois moins de choses cachées que l’homme granité, reclus et recouché de Lascaux, au dur membre débourbé de la mort.

Which renders, roughly, as

The spaceman born today will be a billion times fainter and will reveal a billion times less things than Lascaux’s stone-age Neanderthal recluse, whose strength was dredged from death.

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