Almost at the End by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Almost at the End

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The comandante turned in his heavy military shoes with metal cleats, which, it seemed, still retained the dust of Sierra Maestra, 29 and went to the window. A large black butterfly, like a quivering piece of the humid Havana night, landed on the glimmering star of his beret, folded under the epaulet of his verde oliva shirt. "I wanted to be a doctor, but then I became convinced that medicine alone could not save humanity," the comandante said slowly, without turning. Then he turned sharply, and I could not meet his eyes, which gave off a penetrating chill-from the beyond.

I hear you're happily married. Then why do you keep writing about suffering, about shortages, about lines? What more do you need? 1I but I was given. In that distant year, '41, loud with drama, I was a very poor boy in a torn cap. No matter what regal hat I wear or shaggy fur coat, the doorman's mafia still takes me for a beggar with nerve. 37 1 4 No matter how much rustles in my pockets, waitresses see me as a ragged, evil-smelling tramp. Ironing the platform like a tablecloth and hiding a smirk, a porter will never in his life drive his cart up to me.

In the opinion of this crowd, he was an order-loving master who did not allow striptease joints or miniskirts or erotic films or sub- 25 versive compositions-in summation, he combated corrupt Western influences and extended credit to private initiative. " The readings never took place, but there was really nothing for which to blame the generalissimo. "Viva Generalissimo! " chanted the crowd, and its shouts must have made Columbus's bones shudder in Seville Cathedral, if, of course, they were actually there.

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