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Mark Aldanov: War was the only subject she avoided

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on war

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Mark Aldanov
From For Thee the Best (1945)
Translated by Nicholas Wreden

She liked to engage a pleasant person in a pleasant conversation on mundane or even spiritual matters. She loved to speculate on what awaits us in the next world. War was the only subject she avoided. People were being maimed for no reason, and if a man returned home without a leg how could he enjoy liberty?

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Later, perhaps much later and probably by accident, history would discover which among these statesmen had actually been insane. Sometimes, even history might not reveal the full truth. The most talented actors disappear from the stage to the accompaniment of boos and hisses, and only the buffoons remain and enjoy tremendous, continuous popularity…

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