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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The War Is a Bird with a Broken Wing
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'In a Moscow apartment that has been without hot water for days, a mother watches the Olympic opening ceremony with her husband and son. Here’s the best bit, the Parade of Nations – here comes Slovakia! Here comes Spain! Here come our guys, here comes Russia! The family cheers, and when it’s Ukraine’s turn, her son asks why their flag has such funny colours. It’s an unfortunate question to ask, but Ukraine was bound to come up eventually, so she is not so much surprised as resigned. It’s the feeling she gets when an electricity bill arrives at the end of winter.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Overland no. 226 Autumn 2017 11133932 2017 periodical issue

    'When does a life bend toward freedom? grasp its direction?

    How do you know you're not circling in pale dreams, nostalgia, stagnation’

    'So asked Adrienne Rich, documenter of exiles, revolutionaries and the twentieth century. Too often, our response to uncertainty and impending apocalypse is that we must save this world - a world of yearning for counterfeit yesterdays and rehabilitated tomorrows. Or worse, for things to continue as they are, as we have come to believe they have always been; a world we are told is ‘already great’, ad nauseam.' (Jacinda Woodhead, Editorial Introduction)

    pg. 66-68
Last amended 5 May 2017 11:39:44
  • Moscow,
    Former Soviet Union,
    Eastern Europe, Europe,
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