I received it as a birthday present from the same person that lent me the copy three years ago.
The backgrounds of the two photos are:
The Yayoi globe at the Middelheim Open Air Sculpture Museum.
He’d earlier said that he would rather stand on the barricades than be stuck in traffic (the play of words is lost from German).
Illustration: “Kiss for Peace” (1967), a May 1968-type anti-Vietnam war poster by Tomi Ungerer. This drawing reminded me of Roland Topor's work for Amnesty International (Roland Topor pour Amnesty international 1976 “la liberté d’opinion est-elle mortelle?” and “Poing dans la gueule” (1961)).
The “Malbrough theme" "(тема Мальбрука) is the term Mikhail Bakhtin uses to denote those instances in literature or folklore where the moment of death coincides with the act of defecation (испражнение) or breaking wind (испускание ветров).”
I have been unable to find out why the theme is called “Malbrough.”
I finally hold a copy of Rabelais and His World in my hands.