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Elegy for a Fabulous World by Alta Ifland
Page 67 - There were many things one could buy from these vendors, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Serioja and cried out the names of their products while plodding through the crowds: ice-cream cones, lollipops - which we called Kojak candies after the famous Hollywood detective - and various souvenirs such as combs, huge pens in gaudy colors, and shell-encrusted artifacts. But none of these gave us as much pleasure as the peanuts reserved for the special stores of the nomenklatura, acquired by Serioja after hours of emotional balancing on the rope he manufactured with such artistic deceit each time he needed to conquer another store clerk.