The People’s Game: Salman Rushdie’s Notes

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1. WE ARE THE WORLD

In 1994, when the soccer World Cup was about to be played across the length and breadth of a largely indifferent America, perhaps the main concern of those few U.S. citizens who knew it was happening was that the alien phenomenon of soccer hooliganism might be about to arrive in the States. Fortunately the England team failed to make the finals, and so the feared English hooligans stayed home. Fortunately for the hooligans, I suspect, for, as I heard an American comedian explaining on British television, the World Cup matches were to be played in some of the toughest neighborhoods of some of the toughest cities in the world. “I tell you what,” he suggested. “Why don’t you bring your hooligans, and we’ll bring ours.”

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Cerpen Terjemahan: “Mimpi” Karya Julian Barnes

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Aku bermimpi terbangun dari tidur. Mimpi yang tertua dari segala mimpi; aku baru saja mengalaminya. Aku bermimpi terbangun dari tidur.

Aku sedang di ranjangku sendiri. Sepertinya agak mengejutkan, tapi setelah berpikir sebentar, masuk akal juga. Memangnya di ranjang siapa lagi aku terbangun? Kulihat sekeliling dan bergumam, Wah, wah, wah. Bukan pemikiran yang hebat, kuakui. Tapi apa kita pernah menemukan kata-kata yang tepat untuk saat-saat yang dahsyat?

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Julian Barnes dan Leicester City

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Jika Salman Rushdie pendukung Tottenham Hotspur, maka Julian Barnes, penulis Inggris peraih Man Booker Prize itu, adalah fans Leicester City. Saat Chelsea menahan imbang Spurs, sehingga memantapkan Leicester jadi jawara Liga Inggris musim 2015-16, Rushdie dan saya sudah pasti senewen, sementara Barnes berbinar-binar. Ketika Persib juara, saya sampai berani buka kaus, bertelanjang dada dan lari ke jalan, lalu menari kayak orang gila, entah bagaimana reaksi seorang Barnes, saya enggak tahu.

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