This is the paperback edition I read fifty years ago
Monday, 30 March 2020
Saturday, 14 March 2020
One of many remedies against boredom
Friday, 13 March 2020
An old lady enters the famous deli department store in Moscow.
- I remember this shelf used to have fifteen kinds of cheese. That shelf had twenty kinds of sausage. The shelf over there had ten kinds of tea…
One salesperson to another:
- Hell of a good memory this granny has!
Variant of the above:- I remember this shelf used to have salmon, sturgeon, red and black caviar, shrimp, oysters… What was the harm of it all?
By early 1970s, there was one kind of cheese, one kind of sausage, one kind of tea, and ham was a sweet memory.
- Is there really no cheese in your shop?
- No, it's the shop next door that has no cheese, we have no sausage.
- Can you slice 200 gram sausage for me?
- Of course we can, just bring your sausage.
Yes, that was the country of victorious socialism.
The manifesto of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, adopted in 1960 and aiming at completed communism by 1980s, promised in accordance with Karl Marx's slogan "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs".
A sign in a shop window during completed communism: "There is no need for milk today".
- Look what a smart babe! Look at her fir-coat! She must be a foreigner.
- No way! She is carrying five frozen chickens in her net bag.
Saturday, 7 March 2020
Of The Centaur, I remembered two details: the very last sentence, “Chiron accepted death”, and a notice in a autorepair shop,
YOU WON'T BE GIVEN ANOTHER PAIR.
I figured out, rather than remembered, that the main character had some connection with Chiron the centaur, and I know I would have recognised all the mythical allusions back then because I knew Greek mythology inside out, and Chiron had always been one of my favourites.