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In this extract from the Nobel laureate’s new novel, Klara, an ‘artificial friend’, takes her place in a store window
That was one reason why we always thought so much about being in the window. Each of us had been promised our turn, and each of us longed for it to come. That was partly to do with what Manager called the “special honour” of representing the store to the outside. Also, of course, whatever Manager said, we all knew we were more likely to be chosen while in the window. But the big thing, silently understood by us all, was the Sun and his nourishment. Rosa did once bring it up with me, in a whisper, a little while before our turn came around.
“Klara, do you think once we’re in the window, we’ll receive so much goodness we’ll never get short again?”
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