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By Marek Hłasko

Robert and Jacob are down-and-out Polish con males dwelling in Israel within the Nineteen Fifties. They’re making plans to run a rip-off on an American widow traveling the rustic. Robert, who masterminds the scheme, and Jacob who acts it out, are difficult, determined males, exiled from their place of birth and adrift within the sizzling, nasty underworld of Tel Aviv. Robert arranges for Jacob to run into the girl, who has adequate hassle along with her younger son to maintain her occupied all day. Her middle is open although, and the boys are hoping her pockets is just too. What follows is a narrative of affection, deception, cruelty and disgrace, as Jacob pretends to fall in love with the yank. yet it’s not only Jacob who appears acting a task; approximately the entire characters are actors in an unsightly tale, whole with elements for homicide and suicide. Hlasko’s writing combines brutal realism with smoky, hardboiled discussion, in a bleak global the place violence is the norm and love is frequently basically an act.

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Obolenskaia: This autumn I have completed a great task. e. I have classified all my correspondence for the last thirty years. This was essential for my proposed memoirs which I hope to get on with this winter. S. Zabolotskaia, his second wife, to write her memoirs, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich would say: 'You can write. ' He had the same qualities himself. The first attempt at his memoirs was made by Voloshin in the summer of 1926, in unusual circumstances: he was under hypnosis. Ia. Lifshits, an ardent disciple of Freud, suggested to the poet tht he should conduct some psychoanalytic sessions with him.

18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Rus', 3, 4 January 1908. 'Otvet Va1eriiu Briusovu', ibid. L. Gofman, Kniga o russkikh poetakh poslednego desiatiletiia (St Petersburg, Moscow, 1909) p. 385. F. Fidler, Pervye literaturnye shagi (Moscow, 1911) pp. 165-7. IRLI. 562. op, 4. ed. khr. 13. l02, op. 1, ed. khr. 13. A. Galabutskii, 30 April 1925. S. l. Shamurin, Russkaia poeziia XX veka (Moscow, 1925). These are all in IRLI, f. 562. B. Tal', 'Poeticheskaia kontr-revoliutsiia v stikhakh M. Voloshina', Na postu, 4 (1923).

E. Ostroumov: 'I am trying to begin my memoirs. L. Obolenskaia: This autumn I have completed a great task. e. I have classified all my correspondence for the last thirty years. This was essential for my proposed memoirs which I hope to get on with this winter. S. Zabolotskaia, his second wife, to write her memoirs, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich would say: 'You can write. ' He had the same qualities himself. The first attempt at his memoirs was made by Voloshin in the summer of 1926, in unusual circumstances: he was under hypnosis.

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