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Тени на тротуарах

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    Suddenly this merry chorus of voices is invaded by a sound that resembles the screeching of car brakes that they consider music.
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    We are growing suspicious.
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    It turns out that these youngsters who loiter in shady alleyways behind the GUM instead of going to school
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    are here to peddle a product of their own making.
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    Foxtrot on x-ray plates that, instead of intricate anatomic details, capture a crude image of their intellectual poverty.
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    Listen, Zhenya Garkun, what does the world look like to you through the tiny hole of x-ray rock-n-roll?
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    It's a small, cramped world of shadows exchanging furtive looks.
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    Shadows whose nickname is fartsovshiki (smugglers) selling old junk with fancy foreign labels.
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    They are little more than shadows even though they have names, like Gennady Baranov.
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    And you, Gena, do you really believe that this is life?
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    - I don't actually live, I'm more like waiting for something.
    - And what exactly are you waiting for?
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    Do you expect hydroelectric dams to erect themselves or the desert to flourish without your efforts?
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    But when your peers perform miracles, you won't be able to stand by them.
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    - Ah, yes, by the way: when I was a Young Pioneer,
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    back in primary school, I used to pick wheat heads.
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    Wheat heads? And all your knowledge of bread is limited to a bun?
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    And your mate Sasha Kriukov twice went to reap the harvest in the Altai.
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    Go on, ask him about the true price of the bread that you eat.
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    What other shadows are lurking in this suffocating world?
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    Her name is Lyudmila, but she prefers a monicker.
    In restaurants where she spends her days and nights she is called out: "Hey, Sophie!"
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    - But how is that possible? You don't even have a job, but you frequent restaurants, wear fancy clothes.
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    - Don't you feel sorry for yourself?
    Do you want to steal from yourself, Lyusia?
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    Do you want to forfeit the simple joys of human life? The friendship of factory folk?
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    The nervous tremor before an exam in a college? The loving stare of your husband' eyes?
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    Or the happy mumbling of that charming tot, Seriozha? And Nina wants you to know all this.
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    Who's that crawling about next to you?
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    Who's that other shadow for whom all the values of the world mean little more than money?
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    Viktor Pakhomov, perpetually tipsy and unruly.
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    Where is all that money coming from?
    - I'm given tips every day.
    - Ah, are you really?
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    - And you take them?
    - Yes, I do.
    - Splendid. So that's your income.
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    That's life in the world of shadows, Garkun.
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    But do you see that we want these shadows to become human beings?
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    So don't bend over, Garkun. Look at the real big world that is breathing around you!
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    A world where people wake up to new inventions.
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    A world where cities are built and trees planted.
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    A world where newspapers tell of our friends' glory.
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    A world where people buy flowers for their loved ones
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    and debate Botvinnik's latest game.
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    Our world is a place where a person can in his final days say: "I did it all for the people".
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    "And that is why this world exists for me".
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    It is a great luck to live your life as a human being and not turn into an empty shadow.
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    This is our message to those who are beginning their lives in murky alleyways.
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    And it doesn't matter what exactly a shadow is mimicking: a peddler of foreign rags
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    or a priest of rock-n-roll.
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    Or an overgrown idler.
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    We, the people, make no distinction in shaming them.
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    TITLE: Shadows on a sidewalk
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    Because we are human beings and we have human emotions.
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    We can laugh and marvel.
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    Be outraged and uncompromising.
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    We can despise and condemn.
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    We don't want foul shadows to blemish our sidewalks.
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    All of us who walk our streets, who live in our city,
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    no matter if one wears a volunteer's armband or not.
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    And let our sidewalks be only adorned with figured shadows of tree leaves
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    that do not hide the world's beauty from us.
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    THE END
Title:
Тени на тротуарах
Video Language:
English
Duration:
07:27

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