The Bible is a footnote to Plato.

The Finnish ferry is a footnote to the kayak as is the irritation a footnote to the real fury.

The lamb is a footnote to a dodo’s child.


Memory is poorer but more trustworthy than an anecdote.

A déjà vu is shorter but more surprising than a memory.

The nobility is historical as well as the monarchy while a déjà vu is the opposite of history.


The following things have burnt throughout history parliament buildings forests hearts common people’s houses whole cities.

Just after the telescope came the night sky.

© Linn Hansén, Gå till historien (Norstedts 2013), translated by Linn Hansén