By Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich

Alphabet of mask is a suite of brief tales and poems written on a cellphone. it's an imaginitive foray into the modern day Russian event. Dmitri Birman indicates us how state-of-the-art Russians straddle their Soviet previous and their capitalist destiny in an effort to continue to exist. 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 college bullies and armed forces conscription, the adolescent craving for classmates and instructing assistants, the Soviet dream of worldwide commute and comfort consumption—all are a part of the ebook, whereas the poetry resonates as adaptations on a topic. 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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I don‘t want to talk about the scum who sneak in at night and write vile words on monuments or destroy them. ), 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.

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, andhesitating for just a momentslipped my father‘s signet ring onto the fourth finger of my left hand. For those of you who don‘t know, a signet is a kind of ring that was in fashion at the time. Worn by bosses and their underlings, parolees and the unindicted, mechanics and cabdrivers.

Buoyant, bright, with a come-hither air, she walked up to my car, opened the door, and flopped her breathtaking body nonchalantly inside. ‖ I asked, when I picked up a faint scent of alcohol mixed with lipstick, perfume . . and milk. ―Eddie‘s birthday,‖ she answered, fixing her hair. ‖ I askedin jest, of course, and of course with a serious expression on my face. ―Well, an inebriated young woman can always leave,‖ she said, without looking at me, and started to open the door. 36 Alphabet of Masks Twenty years ago, I took her by the hand, whispered sweet-nothings in her ear, told her I could never survive it if she left .

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