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By Scott Bradfield

A unique in regards to the incredible risk that animals might flip their very own global right into a rubbish unload, and their very own lives right into a sequence of lousy jobs and burned out political and financial philosophies. this can be a new, revised version of the 1995 novel, that includes a brand new afterword via the writer.

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Can I rely on my personal feelings in such an important case? . I trust the court completely. As you decide, so be it! The language itself breaks down when Marta says she will tell the truth, that the Baron is himself: MARTA. Ja skazhu pravdu! RAMKOPF. Togda my i vas privlechem k otvetstvennosti kak lzhesvidetelja! BARONESSA. Uspokojsja, Genrix! Esli chelovek xochet skazat' pravdu, on imeet na eto pravo. Mne by tol'ko xotelos' znat', kakuju pravdu vy imeete v vidu? MARTA. Pravda odna. BARONESSA.

NU vot chto: navernoe my tut vse byli v chem-to nepravy BURGOMISTR. Gospoda! Resheniem gannoverskogo suda, v svjazi s .. uspeshnym zaversheniem eksperimenta . . GERCOG. Raz chto tak vse slozhilos', tak pust' vse idet, kak idet. BURGOMISTR. Prikazano, vysochajshim poveleniem prikazano schitat' podsudimogo baronom Mjunxgauzenom. DUKE. Well here, then: probably we've all been somehow wrong . . BURGOMASTER. Ladies and gentlemen! By decision of the court of Hannover, in connection with the successful completion of the experiment.

Of course, it is possible to find pleasure in revenge and comfort in mischievousness. We can see all that on the screen in abundance. But there is no pain, shame, remorse: "tears that are not seen to the world," said Hegel. And there can be no true satire without these. But there is "eksposing" art, so named mockingly by Dostoevsky. Soviet film satire yesterday and today 19 I don't know what others think, but I don't feel any delight when I see characters in films dancing on Brezhnev's portrait or a naked girl appearing next to Stalin's face.

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