2008/10/7 Rachel Loden <[log in to unmask]>
> Life being short, poverty and wealth
> are final verdicts, in that
> poverty and life are of equal duration
> and wealth and cold indifference
> are perennial and hereditary, like diseases.
> (from /May, Eternal/, 1988, tr. by Anselm Hollo)
> And, briefly:
> The old part (1754-1762) is known as
> The Winter Palace.
> Accordingly everything,
> Floor, ceiling, walls
> Is covered with these exalted beings:
> Venus, Jupiter, many ladies
> Of a full-bodied vintage.
> You can still see how many a man
> Lost head and hat
> By the Berezhina River,
> You can see that Borodino
> Was a victory;
> Of such
> I'm talking, here,
> Under the roof
> Thatched by my hair.
> (from /The Winter Palace/, 1959, tr. by Anselm Hollo)