The straightforward truth is elusive in the life of Russian politician Eduard Limonov, but Emmanuel Carrere’s book is so readable it’s difficult to care.
Two Chinese men lean in but don’t look at each other. One is counting notes of different currencies, turning them over as he does. A cigarette rests delicately between his lips, the ash growing longer but he doesn’t touch it. Neither does the other man and his cigarette jiggles in his mouth as he talks, writing subtitles in smoke.
There is something strangely intimate about getting a haircut. It is a kind of ritual grooming that can spark unlikely conversations between strangers: perhaps similar to the social ease created between apes picking each other’s fleas.