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Caviar by Ilka Papp Zakor

A beggar receives an unexpected donation: a mysterious donor fills his hat to the brim with “round and delicate pearls” of caviar eggs. Ilka Papp-Zakor’s story works first on our senses, allowing us to sense the texture of the luxurious delicacy, to hear the steps of the beggar returning to his corner, but only to transport us to her strange and original world. With an impressive elegance, the realistic image slides into a surrealistic story, and the juvenile sense floating, evoking the experience of reading a folk tale or children story, transforms into a scene of unbridled violence – leaving the reader surprised, even confused, but with a satisfied smile.