Best Russian Short Stories Edited by Thomas Seltzer. Conceive the joy of a lover of nature who, leaving the art galleries, wanders out among the trees and wild flowers and birds that the pictures of the galleries have sentimentalised. It is some such joy that the man who truly loves the noblest in letters feels when tasting for the first time the…
For me, it began in the middle of a cappuccino, sitting at my regular cafe, in the morning, just before the day became too hot. I sat silently, peaceably at the same table as a stranger. He was staring out over the courtyard, to where the gardener's efforts had ceased and the busy street began.
He was middle-aged, balding, and somewhat overweight: a very plain man, a quiet man, thoroughly unremarkable. Some might even say he was ugly.”
The Change is a journey into anonymity, objectification and the pleasure of being bought and paid for.
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