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 really is an inventive foray into the modern day Russian adventure. Dmitri Birman exhibits us how trendy Russians straddle their Soviet earlier 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 neighbors. The anti-Semitic fact of faculty bullies and military conscription, the adolescent craving for classmates and educating assistants, the Soviet dream of worldwide shuttle and comfort consumption—all are a part of the ebook, whereas the poetry resonates as diversifications on a subject matter. Dmitri Birman turned a brand new Russian businessman after Communism fell. A prize-winning poet, he's a member of the Russian PEN.

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How I sped after her, ten years ago! A veritable Formula One driver, a real Schumacher! I floored the gas, took my life in my hands. But three minutes and twelve seconds later, I was alongside her again. . 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.

They went to the middle of the dance floor. Kostya said something to the DJ but Coco could see only the delighted look on Vadim Nikolayevich‘s face. She would dance for him! Hearing the first chords of a Latin American song, Coco jerked. That‘s the dance that made them ballroom champions of Russia. She wanted to ask for something else, but Kostya‘s strong hands were leading her, and her trained body started moving in rhythm to the beat. Alphabet of Masks 23 It was amazing! She was young and flexible again, every cell pulsing, melting in the rhythms of the hot melody.

Is Judgment Day upon us? Is this it? Time to descend through nine layers into nothing? With feet bare and you coat in tatters To nowhere now and then you are no more? Has God forever repossessed your soul?

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