Amphitryon. by Ignacio Padilla

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Caminaba siempre con el vaivén nervioso de una pequeña locomotora desbocada, agobiante y agobiado por una inercia insostenible que sólo conseguía olvidar frente a un tablero de ajedrez.

El relato, dicho sea de paso, no tiene ni pies ni cabeza, abunda en contradicciones y remembranzas cuyo desorden mayúsculo refleja sin duda el estado en que su propia alma debió de hallarse en el discurso de las semanas que pasó en el pueblo de Karanschebesch, la última avanzada de Austria-Hungría frente al desastre danubiano. Me parece verlo el día que lo hallé en mi oficina con el rostro descompuesto, sin saber dónde ocultar sus manos de turbio adolescente y exigiendo de mí una afirmación que yo entonces no quise darle.

Por eso, cuando su insistencia llegó al extremo de lanzarle a las líneas enemigas en busca del regimiento del tal Dreyer, no tuve más remedio que verlo partir con la única esperanza de que muriese desencantado antes de encontrar esa unidad perdida, esa fe que el recluta Dreyer guardaba para él en algún profundo rincón de su pasado. En verdad, poco más podía yo hacer para prolongar su ruina y forjar eternamente en su rostro la agonía que yo habría querido para Piotra. *** A veces, decía mi abuela, no bastan una barba o una cicatriz para determinar el contraste entre un hombre y su gemelo.

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