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Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Sep 19, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen “Dear Slava, How are you? I am safe after my latest trip, this time to the northern desert and the tropics. It has been a big learning experience for me. I walked barefoot in the desert, jumping on rocks so hot that they felt as if they had come out of the oven. I swam in rivers with freshwater crocodiles (harmless unless you disturb their nests) and saw by torchlight at night the eyes of saltwater crocodiles that will kill you with one bite. The guides knew wh...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Sep 12, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen He wrote: “I’ll be waiting for you and will stop doing that only if you said you don’t need me any more.” And all the time she was going off on desert trips with another man. Her faxes to Slava were largely accurate, yet incomplete in one such essential way that you could say they were like meat pies without the meat. “Dear Slava, I am so glad to hear that you are well and happy and having a satisfying summer in the forests and on your private balcony. ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Sep 05, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Slava wrote to her in his best English: “I’m thinking of you every day. Sorry to hear you were ill, I thought that in desert it’s always hot. Hope you have some warm things to wear. Take care of yourself please. My dear Wanderer, don’t frighten me by saying that I need to decide anything, I had decided long ago. I am not sure my life is worth living without hope to be with you. You are everything for me. Everything, understand? And I am waiting despite ho...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Aug 29, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Udjerlah stayed in the Upside Down Country to discover how the flower of her red rock passion would blossom. Beautifully it bloomed in the strangest of ways; it was as if Udjerlah was under some kind of enchantment. For the first three months of her affair with Muthabadah, the Aboriginal King reminded her of the Emperor Constantine. Muthabadah was big, bear-like or rather koala bear-like and quiet, not one for expressing his feelings. It seemed to Udjerlah that n...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Aug 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen When Udjerlah fell off the edge of the known world, her old life being over as if she had really died, she simply let go. What else could she do? She surrendered to whatever was coming. During her first days in the Upside Down Country, she had made a pilgrimage to a Master whose meditation books she admired. He had beautiful clear eyes and an ageless face. He lived by the edge of the Perfect Ocean. She asked him if she could study with him and earn her living as ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Aug 14, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen. It was the middle of winter. Slava sat in the bottle-green kitchen of his box in Pinebox and stared out of the window at the pine forest, all bottle green, unrelieved by the leaf green of the deciduous birches that would come only in May. Blue tits pecked at the remains of his margarine that lay out on the balcony because he lacked a fridge. The heavy clouds threatened more snow. He was deeply depressed. This box was no home; there was no comfort in it. He could...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Aug 07, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen On leaving Moscowville, Udjerlah flew first to her Rainy Island to spend Christmas and New Year with her family before setting off on her voyage to the Other Side of the World. After seeing her off at the airport, Slava turned round and caught the metro and then the marshroutka back to his far-flung suburb of Pinebox. Packed like a sardine in the van, which was soon stuck in a traffic jam, he stared out of the window at the endless snow. It was the end of Novembe...Read more

Udjerlahs’ Song (continued)

Aug 01, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlahs' Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Of course, before she left, Udjerlah had settled her affairs as best she could, like a dying person trying to take care of those she was leaving behind. She was a decent girl and she knew she could not just dump Slava because he depended on her for the very roof over his head. If Udjerlah walked away and stopped paying his rent, Slava would become homeless. So Udjerlah persuaded him to swallow his pride and accept her last and biggest gift, an apartment that he w...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jul 25, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen There remained the question of what to do about her “two Scorpions”, as Udjerlah called her first husband and her long-term lover. They had been born within three days of each other in the same November, which had always seemed a strange coincidence. Constantine, her husband of 13 years, was only three days older than Slava, her lover of six years’ standing. Perhaps it was a scandal that Udjerlah had two men in her life, a small male harem in fact. Many peo...Read more

Udjerlajh’s Song (continued)

Jul 17, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlajh's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen. In the Frozen Country, in springtime, you can hear the first mighty crack of the ice. Udjerlah and Slava were sleeping in a riverside dacha when they were woken by a boom, like a cannon shot in the night. The river had been so solid in February that they had driven across to find the tracks of lynx in the forest on the other side. Now it was March and the ice was releasing its grip on the river. The broken ice reared up like a white horse. After the boom came li...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jul 11, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Slava decided to go to war and he expected Udjerlah to be his foot soldier in the muddy campaign. His ex, Deva, was a loose cannon, behaving in what seemed to Slava a totally unreasonable manner. She was a terrorist, using the children as hostages. For example, she would spend money that he or Udjerlah had given for the kids on alcohol and caviar for her lovers and the youngsters would go hungry. Slava could not stand the heartache any longer. He decided to press...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jul 04, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Everything changed when Deva found out the naked truth about Slava and Udjerlah because then of course, the children found out too. They had seen their mother expelled from the dacha, under a cloud like a cartoon baddie. She may have been drunk and verging on violence that day but they loved her. She was their flesh and blood and they yearned for her, whereas Udjerlah was just some aunt.  Udjerlah was suddenly petrified of the kids. A kindly aunt was all she had...Read more