Vladimir Pozner: Mars and Ceres

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Vladimir Pozner
From First Harvest (Les Gens du pays) (1943)
Translated by Haakon Chevalier


He derived no pleasure from trampling the tilled fields pf others, whether they were Poles, Belgians, or Greeks – for he had traveled a great deal in the course of the following months – and he observed his companions with a disapproving eye, especially the young ones, ignorant and talkative townspeople like his brother-in-law, the café-waiter, who frantically went about ruining the land. Each time he saw a field delivered to the treads of the tanks, a cow galloping before a fire, he would think of his farm, and his heart would contract. He could not figure out why the builders of the New Order – certain magic words of the time had found…

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