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Unfiled October 2, 2002
 
The Horse Fountain at Manezh
By Edward Limonov Browse author
 
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We walked around a lot that summer. I broke the Party rules. I went with her to Manezh and she led me to the horse fountain herself. In front of the horses there is this fine circular reservoir with jets. She and I would spend hours there, on the edge: sun and water around us, in the center of the roar. Everyone around us smiled. A touching scene: a teenage girl -- white knees in ripped jeans, rosy cheeks, light bangs...and her attractive, fit father. A musician, perhaps. As people say: like a pianist... Papa strolling with his daughter. The daughter hugs papa around his neck, trying to push him under the spray, and falls in herself. Everyone's happy. What a frisky girl... she stands up wet. She laughs.

"Edward, I... want ice cream..."

That summer she was 16, and she looked about 11, maybe 13. She had tried speed a couple of years before and, as she said, she "almost lost her roof forever."

God, how many of her poses remain with me: head down, sideways, hair in the water, cheeks blowing, releasing little bubbles. She wore a rose vial with a spray of bubbles on her neck. I remember when we went to meet with some Party members from out of town at Kropotkinskaya metro: she brought a monkey on a leash! Lokotkov was disturbed only for a moment. The Party members looked on in horror. I confess that I did not go out of my way to clarify the situation. Maybe she was my daughter -- the daughter who is methodically teasing her monkey while the Party members and I, drinking around a table at a bar, discuss the Party's problems. Finally she got angry; she was so small, the high table was as tall as she was. She couldn't sit with us as equals. That's why she got mad.

We spent a whole season there by the fountain. The spray glazed all those idiotic fairytale characters: the fisherman and the fish, along all that bronze foolery rashly erected at the walls of the Kremlin. She and I were grateful for that place...I won't write any more...I'm stopping. I'm hurting...It's such a hot July.

Edward Limonov, former eXile columnist, author of over 20 books and leader of the extremist National-Bolsheviks Party, is currently on trial in Saratov. He has been charged by the FSB with terrorism, attempting to raise an army to invade Kazakhstan and possession of illegal weapons and faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted. PEN International has condemned his trial.

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