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"A welcome quantity of reports from Russia’s best modern fiction author, Mikhail Shishkin, choked with his average fusing of mysticism and modernist experimentation." —Sam Sacks, Wall highway Journal

The first English-language selection of brief tales via Russia's maximum modern writer, Mikhail Shishkin, the single writer to win all 3 of Russia's such a lot prestigious literary awards.

Often incorporated in discussions of Nobel Prize contenders, Shishkin is a grasp prose author within the breathtakingly appealing sort of the best Russian authors, identified for complicated, allusive novels approximately common and emotional subject matters. Shishkin's tales learn like sleek types of the everlasting literature written through his maximum inspirations: Boris Pasternak, Ivan Bunin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Bulgakov.

Shishkin's brief fiction is the appropriate creation to his breathtaking oeuvre, his tales contact at the comparable mammoth subject matters as his novels, spanning discussions of affection and loss, dying and everlasting lifestyles, emigration and exile.

Calligraphy Lesson spans Shishkin's complete writing occupation, together with his first released tale, the 1993 Debut Prize–winning "Calligraphy Lesson," and his most up-to-date tale "Nabokov's Inkblot," which used to be written for a dramatic version played in Zurich in 2013.

Mikhail Shishkin (b. 1961 in Moscow) is without doubt one of the such a lot trendy names in modern Russian literature. A former interpreter for refugees in Switzerland, Shishkin divides his time among Moscow, Switzerland, and Germany.

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Did they bring your prosthesis? What prosthesis? It’s an ordinary brassiere they’ve stuffed with something. Help me hook it up. There,Verochka Lvovna, look how nice. At home, in the dark entryway, I bumped into suitcases. Zhenya, how you’ve grown! I barely recognize you! I remember you when you were this high! You and your father were always playing Gulliver. ” And you’d run back and forth, bubbling over with giggles. Remember? I came to visit and everyone here was hysterical because you’d eaten two apricots and swallowed the pits.

I locked myself up in the bathroom with little Roman and took a belt to him. Your mama and I were like sisters. Here, look, this is us at the seashore, hugging, wearing identical swimsuits. Then she got married, became a provincial, and had you. ” 51 M IK HA IL S HIS HK IN your mama, too. We aren’t staying long, Zhenya dear. ” But we’re here just a little while. Once Roman passes his exams, we’ll find an apartment. How pretty you’ve become! May Roman touch your face? Kind Alexei Pavlovich, something’s happened.

I thought with horror that she too might be party to this cruel joke, but when she saw the coffin, she started crying and demanding it be opened. “Show me my little girl! I don’t care what happened to her. ” I barely managed to talk her out of it. At the funeral banquet everyone kept trying to get me to drink. “Drink up, Evgeny Alexandrovich! ” But I didn’t so much as touch my glass. The evening after the funeral, I could barely get Kolya to bed, he was crying so. “Stop it, Papa. ” I went on leave and took Kolya to Yalta to let the child regain his senses and clear his head.

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