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Etgar Keret chose this story because it reminds him of why he writes: “…we write because we want to be seen, and not simply seen, seen from the inside. This desire is dangerous and might lead to punishment, but just like the girl in the story, Emily continues to write.”
Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised.
In the course of the five or six years I spent in Russia I was several times killed and liquidated by various organizations and individuals. When I returned home to Czechoslovakia I found I had been hanged three times, shot twice, and quartered once by wild Kirghiz insurgents near Lake Kale-Yshel. Finally I was definitely stabbed to death in a wild brawl with drunken sailors in one of the Odessa taverns.
Darvasi compares the short story to a lightning bolt: unexpected, powerful, clear and illuminating, electrifying. Such is this story of a surprising friendship between two animal lovers who keep dogs of a very unusual breed.
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