Country Focus: Andorra
By Carli Bastida
Translated by Anselm Goicoechea Fiter
Illustrated by Arnau Pérez Orobitg
My edition: Editorial Andorra Guies, 2011 (French, Spanish, and Catalan editions also available)
About the author: Andorran born Carli Bastida is primarily a translator and linguistic researcher.
—Listen closely—said an old man, drawing near the cloud of tiny creatures that were flying over the dead man’s head. —These are neither flies nor mosquitoes. These are minairons.
Despite having heard about them a few times and that people said one of the richest men in the Andorran valleys owned a matchbox full of them, for better or for worse, the young men from the village had never had the chance of seeing minairons. Immediately, they forgot about the unexplained scree and the dead man, put their heads together, listened, and heard clearly that the buzzing was not a buzzing, but a thousand tiny voices shouting:
—What shall we do?! What shall we say?! What shall we do?! What shall we say?! What shall we do?! What shall we say?!