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Never Afraid To Be Limonov: Elena Mordovina

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Elena Mordovina is a Ukrainian author best known for her novel The White Balance. Since 2003 Elena Mordovina also works as a vice chief editor of “Kreschatik” international literary magazine. Her first book, The Wax Dolls, was published in Sankt-Petersburg in 2010. She’s also the author of the children's fantasy novel series, which soon will be published in English as Ghostarium.


Never afraid to be Limonov

The thing that surprises me in this picture

is the cat painting exactly my portrait

(you need to put your glasses on to see) –

The one you shot then, ten years ago, on the balcony.

Don’t worry, I'm quite happy in my new relationship.

I just miss your balls sometimes.

Balls ... In my new relationship,

I really miss your balls.

They are soft, but dense,

Like a small female breast.

And always carefully shaved.

“Shaved? - you would say. –

Like a female breast? You have always been tongue-tied.”

“Like your French frog’s mustache.

But still, I like it when your stubble grows a little.”

“In you new relationship, don’t you have balls?

Have you become a lesbian?”

“He’s got such... small steel nuts ...

Like a fighting breed dog.

You know, all these pit bulls and cane corsos”…

He fucks like a god, and loves me like a dog,

But he has one small flaw: I don’t love him.

And you don’t know what love is.

Two things drive you:

Manic obsession with sex

And affection for Paris.

Therefore, when everything came together in one object,

You inevitably got stuck.

Balls... Your balls. Let me

Mentally hold them in my palms

While you’re fucking another one

French bitch.

Eiffel Tower

Under a gray rainy sky –

Like a gaunt cobweb or cocoon

Hanging from a wet spruce paw.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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