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Safe Passage by Ramona Ausubel
In Safe Passage, Ramona Ausubel illuminates the horizon, “that line drawn by the eye to make an ending where there is not one.” The horizon, as defined by Ausubel, is an imaginary boundary created by man, who attempts to construct reality or meaning by moving between the two worlds — an uncertain space. Old age, the soft place at the end of the road, functions as Ausubel’s main character, and she shows little interest in the two extremities — life and death — but rather focuses the mysterious point connecting them, on parting and the anticipation of parting. Whatever has occurred beforehand and whatever will come afterwards seems insignificant. It seems that the story is an attempt to create a kind of new mythology — it aims, like many of its predecessors, to draw a tangible portrait of the point of transition to life after death, and the vision that surfaces is hazy, dreamlike and magical.