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

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Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Dublin, Ireland


Bishkek City

was once named after Frunze, the Bolshevik general who was operated on simply because Stalin ordered him to undergo an operation. Frunze, strong as a yak, obligingly died—but was soon reincarnated as the Kyrgyz city where the backsides of buildings contrast with the façades. Unsightly cracks, chips and large chunks of missing stucco duly present themselves to those who study signs of the approaching chaos. In the streets, giant print banners test your eyesight: “The Communist Party is Baldyrma. Lenin is Balbuchok.” The ethnic Russians, who for their lives can’t read Kyrgyz, compete in suggesting obscene translations.

demolished house—
old photographs
tumble in the wind

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