‘One of the first things a child learns is the sentiment: My country is… And so begins the homeland briefing that lasts from the cradle to the grave.’
‘‘We’ll print your book if you bring us 140 kilos of paper,’ says my friend, a publisher. ‘Where can I find 140 kilos of paper?’ ‘I don’t know. That’s your problem, you’re the writer.’’
‘This felt like the moment New York disappeared for me.’
‘It seems clear to me that during the past ten years, Russia has reached the apex of its estrangement from Europe.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
‘Death is here, by our side, and we can make no witty Nabokovian jokes about it.’
‘People (not me) seem to find chickens inherently funny.’
‘Naples had always been high on the list of places I wanted to visit‘.
‘Hunt writes with brio, the visceral often blooming into the mystical.’
‘Post-modernism, if it can be said to exist at all, had in Calvino its most seductive showman.’
‘No, it is not confrontation but some wish to avoid it, some hasty wish to please, that betrays my flow of speech.’
‘I am my father’s daughter, a former prisoner of war and “suspicious person” who spent ten years in the Gulag.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
‘Maybe you should consider moving’
‘On the first day of June, 1972, I was taught how to percuss the body.’
‘I was reassured to see that my hotel does not resemble the one in The Shining.’
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