Customer to saleswoman: “Happy Heidegger’s birthday!”
Saleswoman (with eyes opened wide and doubt in her voice): “But that’s tomorrow!”
Another customer, leafing through books: “Not tomorrow, the day after.”
There’s a brief description of the store here (it had to move to the other side of Tverskoy Boulevard after someone lobbed a hand grenade into it!), and you can see a video of the store and its owner here (it starts on the street and walks you up the stairs and into the store, examining the displays lovingly—I wish there were videos like that for every bookstore worth visiting). Toward the end, the proprietor, Boris Kupriyanov, actually opens a book and sniffs it, something I do with embarrassing frequency. If I ever visit Moscow again, this will be one of my first stops.
Disclaimers: Yes, radical intellectuals can be tiresome, and yes, Heidegger was a Nazi. Having gotten that out of the way, here’s the Russian:
Покупатель продавщице: Поздравляю с днем рождения Хайдеггера!
Продавщица (с широко раскрытыми глазами и недоумением в голосе): Так он же завтра!
Еще один покупатель, листающий книгу у полки: Не завтра, а послезавтра.