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    волненья за завтра

    Hello all! My first post here!

    From Олег Митяев's МОЙ ОТЕЦ:

    как цены, волненья снижались тогда
    За прекрасное “завтра” державы.
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    I'm having a bit of trouble understanding this line, and particularly the word, волненья. Anyway, here's my attempt at translating this:

    Just like prices, ... were falling (is falling prices some sort of a sarcasm here?) ... beautiful future of the state.

    I'd be much obliged if you could help me with this. Much obliged.
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    There was command-administrative economic system in USSR. Prices were calculated and fixed by administration.
    Growth of economic sometimes led to recalculation of prices to lower values.

    'волненья' is for 'disturbance/riot/worries' here. It can be act of riot or just feeling of 'political anxiety' in society. Second meaning is implied here. You translation of first line is correct, but I do not remember proper english term right now.

    За прекрасное “завтра” державы. = 'because State promised beautiful "tomorrow"'
    It's a little bit tricky collocation. 'in exchange for State's beautiful "tomorrow"' literally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex80 View Post

    'волненья' is for 'disturbance/riot/worries' here.
    No, it isn't. "Волноваться за будущее" means "to worry about the future". "Волнение снижалось" - "they worried less".

    Prices were very high during World War II, and after the war they were gradually decreasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex80 View Post
    There was command-administrative economic system in USSR. Prices were calculated and fixed by administration.
    Growth of economic sometimes led to recalculation of prices to lower values.

    'волненья' is for 'disturbance/riot/worries' here. It can be act of riot or just feeling of 'political anxiety' in society. Second meaning is implied here. You translation of first line is correct, but I do not remember proper english term right now.

    За прекрасное “завтра” державы. = 'because State promised beautiful "tomorrow"'
    It's a little bit tricky collocation. 'in exchange for State's beautiful "tomorrow"' literally.
    I couldn't have hoped for a better explanation! All is clear now. Thank you very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Полуношник View Post
    No, it isn't. "Волноваться за будущее" means "to worry about the future". "Волнение снижалось" - "they worried less".

    Prices were very high during World War II, and after the war they were gradually decreasing.
    Thank you! I think "political anxiety" is a good one as Alex80 suggested, isn't it?

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