A certain Prague student finds it gorgeously amusing to make phone calls to various unknown people. He also calls Mr Cock [Kohoutek], asking him whether he has his little hen at home. Mr Cock, however, proves to be an exception among the called ones -being far from getting angry with the jester or using any invectives. The absurd discussion between the two men begins to repeat every week. It is the year 1938 - the time of mobilisation in Czechoslovakia, and the war expected break out soon. On 17 November 1939, the student and his colleagues are arrested at their colleges and transported to concentration camps. Various people pass through the young man's favourite telephone booth, with their phone calls illustrating the course of the war. Lists of the executed are posted on the billing wall. Six years later, there is peace again and a lorry drops the emaciated student off nearby the phone booth. The student again rings Mr Cock. The man is genuinely happy to hear the yobbo had survived, and invites him over for scrambled eggs...
Ludvík Aškenazy (Vajíčko – povídka)