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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 2, June 2015

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Andrea Cecon
Cividale del Friuli, Italy


Turandot

The "crazy frog" ringtone, Motorola's "hello Moto," Nokia's "connecting people": the same ads I left behind in Italy, with the same photos, the same models and the same slogans. The only difference here is they're written in the Cyrillic alphabet. That's really freaking me out: everything in Moscow is written in Cyrillic. The reality around me looks much the same, but sometimes I get the feeling I've crossed over into another dimension like in a science-fiction novel.

Amazingly, it’s the language that brings me back to earth. A language that sounds like a melody to my ears. The same melody I heard in that apartment on Leninsky Prospekt when she said "we’ll sleep here tonight . . ."

lazy morning
Puccini's lilting tune
from her lips

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