""The upper part of the skull had been removed, and the brain was gently pulsating within. I had never seen anything quite as beautiful, and when I straightened up and moved aside to make room for the doctor, for a moment my eyes were glazed with tears." For this week's issue of @nytmag, writer #KarlOveKnausgaard and photographer #PaoloPellegrin traveled to Albania to witness the terrible beauty of brain surgery — in an operating room where the patients are conscious. Pictured here is one of the patients they met, a 33-year-old bricklayer named Ilmi Hasanaj. To see more photos and read the full story, visit the link in our profile." By nytimes on Instagram.
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