By Kingsley Amis
The scene is England 50 years after its conquest through the Soviets. The plot is to show the occupying govt the wrong way up.
A good-looking and hugely sexed younger Russian cavalry officer, Alexander Petrovsky, joins the plot and learns to his remorse that politics and playmates don't combine.
"Funny, cynical, captivating--Amis makes an incredible state of affairs virtually plausible, then shall we his characters fear their means out." (B-O-T Editorial overview Board)
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He was disappointed at the useless pic of Miss Topchev; perhaps that had summoned his mood of pessimism. Or was there more to come? m. New York time, an appointment with General Nitz’ rep, a colonel named—God, what was his name? Anyhow, at that time Lars would receive the Board’s reaction to the last batch of mockups constructed by Lanferman Associates in San Francisco from earlier Mr. Lars, Incorporated, sketches. “Haskins,” Lars said. ” the KACH-man said. “It’s Colonel Haskins. Do you know,” he said meditatively to Henry Morris, “that Nitz has fairly regularly avoided having anything to do with me, lately?
History had taken a decisive new turn … and all because of a few beans frozen in the snow which the defenders of Vienna had discovered after the Turks had withdrawn. And here, already in a booth, cup in hand, sat small, pretty Miss Bedouin, with her pointed silver-tipped breasts fashionably in sight. She greeted him as he entered. “Mr. Lars! ” “Okay,” he said, and he and Pete shuffled and squeezed in on both sides of her. Surveying Miss Bedouin, Pete interlaced his fingers and rested his hairy arms on the table of the booth.
No,” Miss Bedouin said. ” “Process-server,” Lars said; the elderly, short gentleman had an official look to him. ” he asked. The elderly gentleman said haltingly, “Mr. ” “That’s me,” Lars said; evidently his guess had been correct. “Autograph collector,” Miss Bedouin said, in triumph. “He wants your autograph, Mr. ” “He’s not a bum,” Pete added reflectively. “Look at that stickpin in his tie. That’s a real cut stone. But who today wears—” “Mr. Lars,” the elderly gentleman said, and managed to seat himself precariously at the rim of the booth.
Russian Hide and Seek by Kingsley Amis