In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 9: School Again, Part 1

Having moved to a new place of residence, my parents transferred me to a new school. Rather, my mother transferred me. Although not far from us was a…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 5

Burnt Summer was over. Autumn had come, and study had come. The beginning of classes was marked by a tragic death: one of the younger students of our…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 4

If Not Ashamed to Walk with Dirty Hands After the police search, my father chopped up the antenna into small pieces and drowned the transmitter in…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 3

Antenna for Borsch Antenna At the end of June, my parents were honored to buy a radio. The device was one of the cheapest, and therefore was one of…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 2

Forty Trampled Attempts to give me a nickname resumed in third grade. Probably everything grows in childhood. I was no exception. Along with the…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 8: Old Colony, Part 1

My parents got a separate apartment, when I had not yet gone to school, in a new building on the "circle,” as Victory Square was called in…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 7: Again, the Transience of Being, Part 2

Deaf The whole village knew of Semenych. He was deaf. But Semenych was not deaf from birth; he became so from the war. He was commissioned back in…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 7: Again, the Transience of Being, Part 1

Sasha, Eat It! What woman does not dream to see her child strong, vigorous, and healthy? Such, probably, does not happen. My aunt---my mother's…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 6: Score

I learned to count even before school. And there was a reason. Vaska, a ten-year-old idiot, told me and Mishka how he had fooled his two six-year-old…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 5: My Friend Sasha Bichukov

The story of Sasha Bichukov should be told separately. From my point of view, he was one of those boys who is not capable of meanness. To confirm…