Odessa Transfer

200 rubles 
this is not America, where you can sell everything, even your “old lady”, you speculator
my granny screamed at the sailor, who staunchly refused to give up the blue jeans for 180
and, out of all that, I did not understand the meaning of the phrase "old lady" nor the meaning of the word "America" 
The first pair of blue jeans, fresh from the USA - the arrival of the West in Moldova. If you want to wear real worn-out jeans, then you have to wash them with stones in the washing machine. And then you do not throw away the jeans. Just the washing machine. A Moldavian family travels to Odessa and picks up the Western feeling. War in Georgia breaks out, friends die. In school, history is re-written every day. Nothing is certain any more. And the narrator learns another new word: Perestroika. 
Nicoleta Esinencu, the angry voice of Moldova, garnered Europe-wide attention for her musical, rhythmic texts addressing the situation in her home country after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Ruth Reinecke