On Breathing

Authored by: Nikolai Demidov , Andrei Malaev-Babel , Margarita Laskina , Andrei Malaev-Babel , Alexander Rojavin

Nikolai Demidov

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138776494
eBook ISBN: 9781315621685
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When we unexpectedly see someone we know, we inhale, as if we’re breathing in the impression we get from the person and maybe even the person himself (as I see, feel, know him, etc.). Without completely holding on to the air, without locking it in, we then exhale his name. We do so, as if we just sucked some air into a ball syringe, and then immediately breathed out the very same air – unaltered, unchanged. And so, our “Ah! Ivan!!!” is let out on its own, without any participation on our behalf. This is the prototype of our inner life when the impression of a given moment is singular.

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