Almost at the End by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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And licked them off, never taking her eyes from the greedily chewing boy, and finally let the pity burst out of her eyes, blazing with tormented blue. The cameraman wept, and I lost the sense of boundaries between times, between people, as if before me stood the same Siberian peasant woman of my childhood, offering me half a loaf of bread. I recognized the hand-dark wrinkles on the palm and careful, rough fingers, with a cheap aluminum ring shining thinly on one. What could be more beautiful than the disappearance of boundaries and borders between times, between people, between nations ...

But this is not a ban against showing the film, only a proposal to remove it from the festival, for which we are responsible," Grass exploded, his glasses falling from his nose into the ashtray. "The very word remove has something totalitarian about it," said one of the jury members gently, scribbling geometric figures on a piece of paper. " "The film is so mediocre that it will elicit an antifascist reaction in the audience," said another jury member. Only the three foreigners, not including Erica long, voted to remove the film from the festival.

When his right hand got tired, he waved with his left-and vice versa. His facial muscles did not strain themselves with a smile to woo the masses, but settled for an expression of benign governmental concern. " Many people shed unfeigned tears of civic delight. A senora of uncertain age burst through the police cordon to kiss the tire's greasy track. "Viva Generalissimo! " the crowd roared, choking on the joy of seeing Generalissimo Franco-who in the opinion of all left-thinking Spaniards (their mouths were gagged by prison or censorship), was the murderer of Lorca, the executioner of the young Spanish republic, a spider who had enveloped the country in a web of censorship, a clever dealer in beaches, museums, corridas, castanets, and souvenir Don Quixotes.

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