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REMONT…REMONT…

August 1, 2016

DSC05959Midsummer. Sweltering temperatures. Screeching of the jigsaw… banging… thumping … drilling all over my apartment (and, I think, all over the apartment house too). The English word ‘renovation’ doesn’t go here. It’s only the Ukrainian word REMONT that is the epitome of the eternal process that has been going on in the lives of individuals and the country as a whole for months, for years, for centuries… Remember Tsar Alexander II and his (mock) reform of 1861… Or Tsar Lenin’s bloody renovation of 1917, or (not-the-real-Tsar) Gorbachev’s “perestroika” of the 1990s… All of those undertakings (as well as many more smaller ones) were a chain of noisy ‘remonts’ – with banging, screaming, shooting, weeping… And with the unchangeable promise ‘SKORO BUDET’ (‘It’s coming soon!’)

From time to time, the cacophony of sounds in my apartment stops for a few days. Then I reach for the phone and ask the head of the Home Renovation Company what’s the matter. He answers: “The guys were paid yesterday. Today they may be having a drinking bout. SKORO BUDUT (‘They are coming soon‘).”

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