I am losing the true faith - It hurts me over our USSR: Examine Nasserís decoration - The decoration doesnít suit Nasser! One may even swear from the platform in bad language, Distribute presents obliquely all over the place, Call Nasser our brother. - But give him the Medal Gold Star of the Hero* - thatís to squander! Why is no gold in the country? Gave it away, the bastards, gave it away! It would have been better to have given it during the war, - And Nassers would later forgive us.
© Elisabeth Jelinek. Translation, 2018