on ideation leading to materialization


By the time the rains came at the end of June, the fetus was fully formed inside her womb.  Knees and nose were present; and as many heads as would grow were already in position.  What had been (at the beginning) no bigger than a full stop had expanded into a comma, a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter; now it was bursting into more complex developments, becoming, one might say, a book — perhaps an encyclopedia — even a whole language… which is to say that the lump in the middle of my mother grew so large, and became so heavy, that while Warden Road at the foot of our two-storey hillock became flooded with dirty yellow rainwater and stranded buses becane to rust and children swam in the liquid road and newspapers sank soggily beneath the surface, Amina found herself in a circular first-floor tower room, scarcely able to move beneath the weight of her leaden balloon.

– Rushdie, Salman.  Midnight’s Children. New York: Penguin Books, 1991. p 111


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