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By Venedikt Erofeev

In this vintage of Russian humor and social observation, a fired cable more healthy is going on a binge and hopes a teach to Petushki (where his "most loved of trollops" awaits). at the method he bestows upon angels, fellow passengers, and the realm at huge a powerful monologue on alcohol, politics, society, alcohol, philosophy, the rigors of affection, and, after all, alcohol.

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I become an alley, trembling and weeping . . . And that was once while issues way more negative than whatever I had noticeable in my desires began * * * taking place. I observed 4 males jogging in the direction of me within the alley. I trembled extra violently than ahead of, I grew to become one titanic tremor. They got here as much as me and surrounded me. How am i able to describe these mugs of theirs? They weren't felony, there has been even a touch of whatever classical in them, yet their eyes . . . are you able to think their eyes? have you been to the latrine in Petushki Station? Do you do not forget that brown mess which splashes approximately and sparkles deep, deep down? That was once what the eyes of those 4 gave the look of. And the fourth guy used to be like ... i'm going to let you know later what he gave the impression of. — acquired you, stated the 1st. — What do you suggest? My voice was once shaking extraordinarily, from the drink and the chilly. They determined it was once from worry. — We suggest what we are saying. this can be the top of the line for you! — yet why? — simply because! — pay attention . . . my voice stored breaking, simply because each nerve inside of me used to be trembling similar to my voice. —No you can actually determine of himself at evening, I suggest, on a chilly evening. And the apostle betrayed Christ sooner than the 3rd cock crowed. Or particularly, the apostle betrayed Christ 3 times sooner than cockcrow. i do know why he betrayed Him —because he used to be trembling with chilly. that is correct. And he used to be capable * * * to hot himself by means of the fireplace, with ... i do not also have a hearth and i've a week's hangover. for those who have been to interrogate me now i might betray Him as much as seven instances seventy instances, or extra . . . — pay attention, I stated. —Let me move. What do you need with me? i've got simply neglected the woman i like. I went to work out her, yet i did not get to her. I overslept, my case was once stolen whereas 1 was once asleep. there has been not anything a lot in it, yet it is a disgrace simply a similar. Cornflowers. —What cornflowers? requested one in all them angrily. — candies, Cornflower candies . . . And a bag of walnuts which i used to be taking to my toddler. I promised them to him for studying a letter of the alphabet so good. yet all that's not anything. once sunrise breaks i will pass there back. with out funds or offers, it is real, yet they're going to nonetheless be happy to work out me they usually will not reproach me, on the contrary, relatively. The 4 males have been obvious at me, all most likely pondering: "What a coward this shit is! " allow them to imagine what they prefer, if basically they might allow me cross! . . . the place, in what newspaper, had I obvious these mugs? — i would like to return to Petushki! — you cannot visit Petushki. — very well ... I will not, I simply are looking to get to Kursk Station. * * * — you cannot visit Kursk Station! — yet why? — simply because I say so! one in all them swung his arm and slapped me, one other placed his fist in my face and the opposite all started advancing. i did not comprehend something. I by some means controlled to stick on my toes and that i started to movement backwards, slowly. The 4 of them, very slowly, complicated . . . Run, Benny, run, someplace, anyplace. Run to Kursk Station. Left, correct or in opposite. you will prove at Kursk Station no matter what you do. Run, Benny, run! I grabbed my head and ran.

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