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When I read an article about plants in the desert the other day, it made me think of Quentin’s German. The article was on plants like the desert lily that are invisible most of the year, as they survive the long dry periods in bulbs deep in the ground. The moment it starts raining though they spring to life immediately. Quentin’s German, I thought, is a kind of desert lily: it stays dormant most of the year, but springs to life when go to Germany. Unfortunately it also dries up again quickly when we return to Italy. Read the rest of this entry »

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