By Tom McCarthy
Set in a valuable Europe speedily fragmenting after the autumn of communism, Men in Space follows a solid of dissolute Bohemians, political refugees, soccer referees, deaf police brokers, assassins, and stranded astronauts as they chase a stolen icon portray from Sofia to Prague and past. The icon’s depression orbit is mirrored within the a number of characters’ ellipses and close to misses as they profession vertiginously via all types of house: actual, political, emotional, and metaphysical. What emerges is a imaginative and prescient of humanity adrift in historical past, and an international in a nation of disintegration.
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While the men applauded· loudly, the women stared with folded hands. On the outskirts of the crowd Jancsi heard the applause and some of the remarks. He tiptoed from behind the wagon where he had hidden, trying to get a view of Paprika but the crowd was too dense. So he climbed cautiously to the wagon roof, keeping out of sight, while he lay on his stomach watching·jealously. The "Pig Band" was assembling. Csutor Ignac, Stanko, Bela, the blind girl Gaya, and the others with their bashadis, their cimbaloms and cobzas.
They fought for them like wildcats. And Zof.. tan had to crack the karikaJ over their heads to remind them the game was over. From the direction of the wood Paprika appeared. " He looked at her suspiciously. "I called till I was hoarse. " 54 "I had. nose bleed," she answered readily. " "All right. Get to work. " With a smile and a nod to show she understood, Paprika stepped out and faced the crowd. Well conscious of her attractiOn for men, she looked at the clustered peasants from beneath her half-closed lids and smiled provokingly as she flexed her body.
Pa1xika danced with more and more abandon-her white body swirled and twisted in orgiastic poses. The men, heated with wine, crushed the women's hands in theirs and sq_ueezed their breasts. And on the roof of the wagon Jancsi latd his face in his arms and wept. Now other youngsters joined the dance with Paprika. Soon there were a dozen naked boys and girls madly dancing. Wine jugs were tilted, naked bodies leaped high, embraced each other in midair and came down together with whoops and yells; only to break away and with their nude, inviting bodies woo and win again in simulated dalliance, till the scene was like a Witches' Sabbath.
Men in Space by Tom McCarthy