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's an creative foray into the modern day Russian event. Dmitri Birman indicates us how ultra-modern Russians straddle their Soviet prior and their capitalist destiny in an effort to live to tell the tale. The tales are wry, funny, and sexually frank; the poems lyrical and elegiac in regards to the narrator and his acquaintances. The anti-Semitic fact of college bullies and armed forces conscription, the adolescent craving for classmates and instructing assistants, the Soviet dream of worldwide trip and comfort consumption—all are a part of the e-book, 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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5. And here‘s the amazing thing: when she was appointed vice-president of the company, after three years in various positions, the employees started calling Tatyana Alexandrovna, their new boss, Coco. She quickly changed her pantyhose, fixed her hair, tossed her fashionable sheared mink coat over her shoulders, and ran out onto the street, where her personal Toyota Camry awaited her. Coco was off to the corporative, the company Christmas party. I must say that the word corporate and its derivatives were firmly entrenched over the last five or six years in the Russian business vocabulary.
In the empty and infinite night, The cold sapphire stars have gone out. The dog howls at the moon once again Surely, the dog has it better I would howl myself if I could But I can‘t wake my angry neighbors The soothsayer lied about our Fate, For us, there was no Tomorrow It‘s as though for me, Fate plays trombone And for you, it likes to sing? Let me gaze at you before we part It is probably best to say nothing Did you remember to give back the keys To your heart? To your soul? The apartment? 39 40 Alphabet of Masks Europe If you travel north from Venice, you will find Sacile among the cultivated plots of land, the even strips of neat vines, and clean little towns.
Sorry because you can‘t insult or injure those who are gone. You can only set off the program for destroying your own soul. Many of the visitors are acquainted, meeting here over the years. Yevdokiya Sergeyevna tells her husband, whom she buried about a decade ago, about their granddaughter‘s schoolwork and how she doesn‘t like Bush. Alexander Leonidovich usually comes with his mother and brings only red roses for his father‘s grave. And always an uneven number…. Alphabet of Masks 29 Volodya recently lost his wife, who died in childbirth.