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This sounds like The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius. It was written in 523 AD. Wikipedia tells us the following about the circumstances of the work's composition: The Consolation of Philosophy was written in AD 523 during a one-year imprisonment Boethius served while awaiting trial—and eventual execution—for the alleged crime of treason under the ...


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This is "Around the book" (Вокруг книги in Russian translation) by Heinz Knobloch: I did read it in Russian translation as a kid. I've run the Lichtenberg's aphorism through Google Translate and searched for the German phrase it gave me back. It looks like this is what it sounds in original German: Himmel laß mich nur kein Buch von Büchern ...


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It's a short story by Uday Prakash called "Aparadh" and it appears in a Class 5 Hindi textbook called Garima. You'll find it here. I found it by doing a Google search in Hindi for gulli danda "पोलियो" kahani, with polio in quotes (which makes it search exclusively for results where the quoted word or string of words is found verbatim) and ...


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Slightly disturbingly it was only the third of the short stories I found about cannibalism on trains that seemed to fit… 'Journey Through The Night' by Jacov Lind seems to fit the description. There doesn't appear to be much written about it online, but I found this brief extract at JacovLind.com as well as a summary of the plot of the film made of the story:...


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I have discovered on my own the title of the short story. It is indeed by Poe, and the title is "Hop-Frog". The court jester Hop-Frog, "being also a dwarf and a cripple", is the much-abused "fool" of the unnamed king. This king has an insatiable sense of humor: "he seemed to live only for joking". Both Hop-Frog and ...


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