"In its large definitive Castle-series Italy issued in 2001 a stamp from Piacenza, and used an ordinary postcard for a FDC-cancellation. The card shows 'Il Fegato Etrusco' [The Etruscan Liver]. ... The Etruscan Liver is a 2nd century BC object originally used mainly for divination and now housed at the Museum of Piacenza."
In this body, I cannot see the full shape of the sky, or see past the curved bow of the ocean’s horizon. I’m as blind as you are, as any of us are, touching each face in turn to try and find our kinfolk in the pile of dead. So I turn to what I’ve been taught: how to take a living creature, kill it in a way that will please any god who still listens, and search its steaming guts for a foretelling. The liver’s where to look, but the one in my hands is smooth as a glass mirror. All I can see in it is my face, reflected, the color of wet earth; all I can see are my hands, covered with its blood.