By Miha Mazzini
The top ever promoting novel from the previous Yugoslavia, this can be a hilarious, anarchic, irreverent black comedy approximately nationwide aspirations and in need of belongings you cannot have
Egon is an amoral yet charismatic author, dwelling at the breadline in a grim, unnamed communist manufacturing facility city in Slovenia ahead of the break-up of the previous Yugoslavia. With little facts of his actual literary targets, he makes ends meet by means of writing trashy romances less than a pseudonym. whilst no longer looking for intercourse with as many girls as attainable, or slagging off the literary institution, Egon is stuffed with schemes to feed his pathological desire for the ruinously pricey aftershave, Cartier pour L'Homme. round him Egon has accumulated a motley workforce of neighbors and friends, each one of whom additionally has an both obsessive, not possible ambition. Poet is eager to have his verse released in a leather-based sure quantity, Ibro is in love with a manufacturing facility lady to whom he can't utter a unmarried notice, whereas Selim is confident he will marry Nastassja Kinski. As Egon's makes an attempt to safe extra fragrance develop into ever extra degenerate, his grip on his personal id loosens. the implications are messy, grim, and hilarious, and allude to a state present process radical swap. Crumbs is not just a ribald, soiled realist satire, but additionally a desirable and totally designated remark at the pathology of self-determination.
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She confirmed me the enamel that wanted filling. I seemed in her mouth. Very interesting tonsils. She went. I ordered one other beer. I’d basically simply began ingesting whilst Ibro sat down subsequent to me. ‘What did she say? ’ he requested even prior to his seat bought hot. ‘Are you following her? ’ ‘Well… simply occasionally… a little,’ he admitted among blushing and twiddling with his ft. ‘She’s going to the dentist. ’ He went over the gaps in his mouth along with his hands and sighed. ‘I should still move, too. the place do you check in? ’ ‘You’ll discover subsequent time you persist with her. ’ ‘Egon, am i able to ask you anything? ’ ‘No,’ I stated. He collapsed with unhappiness. He close up and checked out the desk in entrance of him. ‘What is it? ’ ‘There’s a dance the next day. may you invite Ajsha for me? ’ ‘No, Ibro,’ I shook my head, ‘you invite your ladies your self. ’ He turned unhappy back. i presumed that perhaps i used to be being too demanding on him. ‘Maybe, I’ll see. I’m now not promising something. ok? ’ His complete face used to be smiling. He ordered beers. We toasted one another. ‘Brilliant, you’re a true buddy. heavily. ’ ‘Ibro, hear. I didn’t promise whatever. something. ’ He nodded, nonetheless smiling. He winked at me with an I-know-you glance in his eyes. His familiarity began to annoy me. I didn’t say something anymore. Any destiny disappointments will be his personal doing. ‘Today is an efficient day. All excellent news. ’ ‘What information? ’ ‘I received my first cheque this day. the next day I’ve obtained an afternoon off I’m going to Italy to shop for a brand new go well with and footwear. within the night Ajsha will come to the dance, and I’ll be there in all my new equipment. And this night my 3 brothers are coming to go to. ’ ‘Are they going to paintings on the foundry? ’ ‘No, no,’ he shook his head as though he’d heard the main silly factor on the earth. ‘They’re operating in Germany. They’d been at domestic for every week and now they’re vacationing me at the long ago. ’ My brains rattled with calculations. ‘They’re going to Germany, you are saying? ’ ‘Yes. ’ He checked out me questioningly. ‘Do you think that they can convey whatever for me? ’ He hesitated. ‘A tv set? whatever titanic? ’ I laughed with aid. ‘No, anything very small. A bottle of aftershave. ’ ‘The one you used to put on? ’ ‘Yes’. ‘No challenge. ’ ‘Really? ’ ‘Certainly. You write down what you will have and you’ll get it. or maybe greater. Be on the station round 9 this night, sooner than the teach for Munich leaves. ’ ‘I’ll be there. ’ ‘It’s a deal. ’ ‘But you’ll nonetheless ask them ahead of if they’re prepared to do me a favour. ’ ‘Okay, I’ll ask them, yet I’m telling you, they’ll convey it certainly. A favour for a favour. Isn’t that so? That’s what neighbors are for. ’ I remembered my conditional contract to ask Ajsha to the dance. possibly i actually might. If I ran into her by chance. I wouldn’t go searching for her. ‘What if she doesn’t are looking to come? ’ ‘She’ll come, certainly. you simply ask her. ’ ‘I will. ’ i may consistently inform him that she didn’t are looking to come. prior to he plucked up sufficient braveness to head and ask her if that was once a real, we’d all be outdated age pensioners. ‘Tonight, immediately after my brothers have left, i need to visit mattress.