Arnon Grunberg

Nineteenth century


This morning I entered the United States for the first time by train.
The train trip from Montreal to New York is worth your while, but that’s common knowledge.
Shortly after crossing the US border the train comes to a standstill in a meadow.
A couple of US immigration and custom officers enter the train.
The passenger imagines himself to be in the nineteenth century.
After an hour or so the train continues its journey to New York.