V. Erofeev – Moscow-Petushki

I like that. I like it that my country’s people have such empty, bulging
eyes. This instills in me a feeling of legitimate pride. You can imagine
what the eyes are like where everything is bought and sold – deeply
hidden, secretive, predatory and frightening.

* painting is: L. Freud – Self – Portrat

What are the eyes of a capitalist? What are the eyes of a communist? Does the system train you to see what you ought to see? Erofeev is so deeply ironic about USSR’s propaganda, he hints at the fact that they want to imply that there are distinctly diffrent kinds of human beings. Swollen, empty eyes, a sign of hard-work, of intertia, of hopelessness. Was it like that in cold, 60’s Russia? Could you sit in the train full of people not being able to make eye-contact. Not because anyone was avioding it, just so, because there was but an abyss in every pair. One of the scariest visons.

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