I loved this one. Something about Tatar children bathing horses in Alushta that conveys a secure, happy world and an activity repeated over generations. I hope I can be calm like those Tatar children.
And how did the idea come to Mandelstam? Did he see these children bathing their horses? He seems to know it was a regular activity, so did he see it more than once? Or read about it?
And are horses still bathed in Alushta?
‘Calmly, without getting excited – the way Tatar children bathe their horses in Alushta.’
Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas, London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011, p. 79
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