The truth is the thing I invented so I could live

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The sound of my own voice frightened me, but I didn't stop.

There was a noise behind me. A creak. This time I didn’t turn. I squeezed my eyes shut. Isaac, I whispered. The sound of my own voice frightened me, but I didn’t stop. I want to tell you – and then I broke off. What do I want to tell you? The truth? What is the truth? That I mistook your mother for my life? No. Isaac, I said. The truth is the thing I invented so I could live.

Now I turned and saw myself in the mirror on Isaac’s wall. A fool in fool’s clothes. I’d come to get back my book, but now I didn’t care whether I found it or not. I thought: Let it be lost like the rest. It didn’t matter, not anymore.

And yet.


by Nicole Krauss (born 1974)
from The History of Love, 2005
Here We Are Together
Image – Thor Arvid

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3 Responses to “The truth is the thing I invented so I could live”

  1. starleeta Says:

    “The truth is the thing I invented so I could live”
    Well isnt that the truth…we tell ourselves all kinds of things to survive in this world…whether is it REAL TRUTH or not is not the point…because it is THE TRUTH to us within…and until we seek to see it as Real or not…we will live by it not matter what!

  2. Juanita Says:

    I’ve always believed reality is relative, as is truth.

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