Alphabet of Masks by Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich

By Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich

Alphabet of mask is a suite of brief tales and poems written on a cell phone. it truly is an imaginitive foray into the modern day Russian event. Dmitri Birman indicates us how latest Russians straddle their Soviet earlier and their capitalist destiny with a purpose to live on. The tales are wry, funny, and sexually frank; the poems lyrical and elegiac in regards to the narrator and his acquaintances. The anti-Semitic truth of faculty bullies and armed forces conscription, the adolescent longing for classmates and instructing assistants, the Soviet dream of worldwide trip and comfort consumption—all are a part of the booklet, whereas the poetry resonates as adaptations on a topic. Dmitri Birman grew to become a brand new Russian businessman after Communism fell. A prize-winning poet, he's a member of the Russian PEN.

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Alphabet of Masks

Alphabet of mask is a set of brief tales and poems written on a cellphone. it's an creative foray into the modern day Russian event. Dmitri Birman exhibits us how modern Russians straddle their Soviet previous and their capitalist destiny in an effort to live on. The tales are wry, funny, and sexually frank; the poems lyrical and elegiac in regards to the narrator and his buddies.

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How can you choose between synagogue and diocese, if you live in a Russian Orthodox country? I help the church and the synagogue. ‖ I am friends with the rabbi and the priest, I attend synagogue and church, and do you know what I‘ve come to understand? Sometimes, there‘s no need to think about choosing. You should just be yourself and shamelessly fill in all the blanks in questionnaires. Alphabet of Masks 33 My friends have started coming back to my city from Israel and America. Some have returned for good, having made their final choice.

The main thing was her endless joy knowing that the new year would bring her happiness. Suddenly Coco‘s attention shifted to the performing dancers. A young girl floated, twirled, and was caught by her experienced partner. At the end, they bowed to enthusiastic applause and approached Table 1, and Coco recognized Kostya, her smile freezing on her face. Kostya had been her partner once. Also, he was her daughter‘s father. She had not heard a word about him in six years. Kostya recognized her, too, and smiled.

As I drove, it occurred to me that a bowl of cabbage soup might really hit the spot right now. Maybe brown the potatoes I made yesterday, fry up a nice piece of meat to go with them, maybe some pickles. . Three minutes later, I dialed her number. ‖ I asked. ―Yes, sweetie,‖ she said. ‖ 38 Alphabet of Masks ―Quit waiting, my love, I‘m not coming,‖ I sang into her peaches-and-creamy little ear. Alphabet of Masks Today, you gave back the keys To your heart? To your soul? The apartment? In the empty and infinite night, The cold sapphire stars have gone out.

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