By Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich
Alphabet of mask is a set of brief tales and poems written on a cellphone. it's an inventive foray into the modern day Russian adventure. Dmitri Birman indicates us how present day Russians straddle their Soviet previous and their capitalist destiny to be able to live on. The tales are wry, funny, and sexually frank; the poems lyrical and elegiac concerning the narrator and his pals. The anti-Semitic fact of college bullies and armed forces conscription, the adolescent longing for classmates and educating assistants, the Soviet dream of global commute and comfort consumption—all are a part of the booklet, whereas the poetry resonates as diversifications on a subject. 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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Allow me to point out that, at the time, the job of restaurant manager was not beneath that of a generalnay, particularly with the approach of some holiday, it was even a bit higher. Alphabet of Masks 49 In short, I needed to add a certain something to my irresistible air, so that I‘d be admitted to his or her esteemed office and not turned down. It came to me in flash. I opened a pigeonhole in the desk, took out a small cardboard box, andhesitating for just a momentslipped my father‘s signet ring onto the fourth finger of my left hand.
When I see them, focused and fit, concentrated and selfsufficient, I know how difficult it is for them. They have a choice. 34 Alphabet of Masks Blessed believer who merely hears Holy is he who sees and speaks… Great is the runner on the roof‘s edge, Who‘s taken flight, forgetting the ledge! ‖ Inside the church it‘s clean and warm, But evil demands, with avarice, That it is permitted and owns all. It‘s pouring rain, although it‘s summer The synagogue stands with God‘s grace But Satan is nearby handing out Tickets to his fiery place And here am I, in wretched turmoil Wandering to the Earth‘s ends, How will I finally find God, So that my soul may not be damned?
Lordy, how good I suddenly felt! 43 44 Alphabet of Masks Parisian air exhales the lust Of palace passages and private chambers Bridges embrace the Seine, the tower, parched Languidly soars over the pavement Unripened chestnuts suffer on their branches Europe and Africa stroll hand in hand And the musicians, just like ours, busk in the metro, Playing their songs now close, now far away The hotel walls are chipped, the elevators Are no roomier than chiffoniers, You sit crammed at a café table like a prisoner And the garcons all have the strangest manners.
Alphabet of Masks by Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich