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By Dmitri Birman, Antonina W. Bouis, Bela Shayevich

ISBN-10: 1936274353

ISBN-13: 9781936274352

ISBN-10: 1936274361

ISBN-13: 9781936274369

Alphabet of mask is a set of brief tales and poems written on a cellphone. it really is an imaginitive foray into the modern day Russian adventure. Dmitri Birman exhibits us how contemporary Russians straddle their Soviet previous and their capitalist destiny for you to live to tell the tale. The tales are wry, funny, and sexually frank; the poems lyrical and elegiac concerning the narrator and his buddies. The anti-Semitic fact of college bullies and armed forces conscription, the adolescent craving for classmates and educating assistants, the Soviet dream of global trip and comfort consumption—all are a part of the ebook, whereas the poetry resonates as adaptations 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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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. Some come to Russia to make money, leaving their families in those other countries.

I didn‘t have much time to eavesdrop. Within a minute a pink-cheeked gentlemen of indeterminate age, with narrow slits in place of eyes, hauled his estimable bulk into the reception room. The lilac receptionist jumped up and chirped, ―The car‘s here, and the driver just came in. ‖ In the end, we managed to hold the wedding at the restaurant. Pop took care of it. 52 Alphabet of Masks I crossed over the boundary of misfortune And I can verify the sun shines differently When everyone around is simply healthy When dogs of petty arguments stop barking When there‘s no weeping echoing through the air.

But I didn‘t want to. I was tormented by the possibility of choice. The thoughts kept coming. And my friend kept leaving. In that now distant country that is always home (where you needed coupons to buy sausage and vodka), they would not let me not think about the Choice. They reminded me, prompted me … and reminded me again. But my genetic memory did not beckon me to the Near East, did not lead me through the desert, did 32 Alphabet of Masks not call me to the synagogue. The language I had never known did not awaken memories in me.

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