Anfisa

I. She had a beautiful Russian name: Anfisa. On the basketball court, her teammates called her “Fisa”: she studied at a local institute and was fond…


Suicide

Senior Lieutenant Vezhek stood at attention before the commander. The lieutenant colonel was hoarse from swearing and tired. The starlie* did not…


Two Snow Maidens

I. The girls were not lesbians: they were really just friends. When they stayed in the same hotel, they tried to get a room with a big wide bed,…


Undertaker

I. Yurka went over the potatoes: small, for planting; large, for food. He had only a few left: merchants had stopped transporting products from…


Night Buyers

The coming New Years’ holidays forced Serega to work as a night vendor at the Christmas tree market. His military pension was usually sufficient for…


The Companion

translated by Karina Simakova I. The phone rang very quietly and seemingly reluctantly. I was surprised, but nonetheless picked up the phone.…


Wheels

I. I had to go again into Gorky. In Russia, the leadership likes to rename the cities: for the past ten years, this metropolis was called Nizhny…


Disease

Serega obtained the disease due to carelessness. God, parents and nature had rewarded him with excellent health: Serega did not care about Him. He…


Born Dead

Pashka woke up heavily and reluctantly. The sparrows chirped, rustled by fallen leaves. Sunny beams, penetrating through the branches of the bushes…