FRANCE: NATIONAL FEATURES
Once in Paris, I hung up for an hour on Bulmish in the mediterration section of the Gibert Jeune store – although it was not a doctor for a second. Bulmish is short for Saint-Michel Boulevard, the main artery of the Latin Quarter, where students of Sorbonne and half the heroines of the novels of Anna Gavalda, the main menesinger and troubadress of today’s Rive Gauche, Left Bank, live with fish. Bulmish with the surrounding streets in general is stuffed with bookstores, shops and camber, including those where all the books are at 20 cents. Perpendicular to Bulish is another famous boulevard, Saint-Germain, which the heroine of Gavalda crosses exclusively on the red light (this is the calling card of the local liberal, the subverter of foundations). By the way, the heroes of the “Dreamers” of Bertoluchchi lived here, and Hemingway with Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein met right there in the bookstore Shakespeare & Company (still alive). And a little further, in Café de Fleure and the restaurant Les Deux Mageuts, they loved to sit for coffee and books Sartre and Beauvoir … And two steps away, in the Le Procope hut, a century and a half before, all the fiery revolutionaries, from Danton to Robespierre, still not knowing that they would soon chiknet the neck of a guillotine invented in a neighboring yard … Well, yes, that’s what I love Paris for – a palimpsest where the layer is through the layer, and go to Monoprix for a bottle of bordeaux, lettuce, ham and baguette on lunch, and on the way you will run through Heinrich of Navarre, and through all Louis with the Musketeers (by the way, lived nearby), and the Republic, and the directory and the student revolts of the 1960s. What is related to Paris and Petersburg. And the main thing here – do not forget what followed. So: I went with my friend, a Petersburg physician, to look at literature that was relevant for him, because the French doctor did not know. On the way, he drove into me, like a pile in a shaky St. Petersburg ground, information about prices for his interest. What – boom, boom, boom! “The Atlas of Cranio-Facial Surgery in Russia costs 25,000 rubles, and the latest edition of Harrison’s Internal Diseases is 50,000. Boom Boom Boom. Prices he drove. In addition, his son studied at the medical level, and the expenses for literature were a tangible item of the family budget. And here we went, and two sighs escaped from us. A friend stood and moaned, clinging to some atlas that looked like a slab on the tomb of Maria Sklodowska-Curie in the Pantheon at the Sorbonne, from which we arrived at Bulmish. (At the tomb of Curie, my friend, usually a few words, suddenly gave a sublime speech to the memory of this fantastic woman who shook France, the world and my friend, but who, in order to become recognized and great, had to leave Poland, that is, from the Russian Empire, where she nobody needed her inclination to the natural sciences, and at first she was a guest worker in France, and her marriage was also fictitious at first, then the Republic would bow to her, and her body, eaten by radiation sickness, would be the first female body to be awarded the Pantheon … No, it’s time to stop, remembering the purpose of the story, which I know about, but you are not yet.) My friend moaned about prices. “Here everything is one third cheaper than ours! He whispered nervously. – And something doubled! Here in London, prices are about the same as ours, and here it is much cheaper! ”“ In Paris, everything is a third cheaper than London, ”I answered him in about the same nervous whisper, because everything that had a lot was mixed up with professional literature in the department at least some relation to the functioning of protein bodies. Comics from the life of medical students. A bunch of crap like “Get rid of cellulite without a diet.” But, – and that’s what made me groan! – there was a whole series of books, known in Russia as “… for dummies.” In French it will be “… pour les nuls” (“for zeros”). And there were “Genetics for Dummies” and “Alzheimer’s Disease for Dummies”, “Vision for Dummies” and “Human Body for Dummies”. Dozens of books! I appreciate this series for Chechako: I myself sometimes buy books like PowerPoint for Dummies, when I need to deal with a computer program. And I know that in Russia the series “For Dummies” is represented by two main areas: “computers for dummies” and “something useful in everyday life,” and if foreign languages were previously considered useful, now Yorkshire terriers have also been added to them. “Kettle” – is a massive buyer. Look at what is offered to “teapots” – and you will understand how the country lives. Today in Russia, “teapots”, in addition to computers and Yorkies, are offered guitar, knitting, the ability to become a leader, casino and meditation (from medical – hepatitis C and allergies to asthma). In France, in general, everything that concerns the Earth and life on Earth. According to one medicine, three dozen books. Back pain and cholesterol control, cancer and brain, psychology and diabetes. Outside of medicine are real estate and the stock exchange, astronomy and astrology, vegetarianism and adoption. I strolled around the store, jumped into another building: here is Alsace, Provence, and, of course, History of France, in four volumes and in one volume with dates alone, with illustrations and without, in standard and in pocket formats.